£20,000 stolen from port social club

The King's Own Old Comrades Club, Fleetwood.
The King's Own Old Comrades Club, Fleetwood.

POLICE are appealing for information after almost £20,000 was stolen during a raid at a Fleetwood social club.

The burglars scaled a 7ft-high wall at the King’s Own Old Comrades Club, on Adelaide Street, and removed tiles from the attic roof to gain access to the club.

The raid took place on Tuesday, April 2, between 12.40am and 6.45am.

Police say that, once on the roof, the raiders smashed a hole into the plasterboard ceiling to access the first floor office.

The intruders then used cutting equipment to gain access to the safe and escaped with nearly £9,000 in club takings, almost £4,000 in social fund cash and £6,000 in savings alongside a smaller safe and cash tins.

The break-in was discovered when the secretary arrived to open up just prior to 7am but a witness reported hearing banging at approximately 1.30am so this could be when the offence took place.

Det Sgt Kathryn Riley said: “It’s clear the club office has been deliberately targeted and I would appeal to anybody that was in the area and noticed any suspicious persons or vehicles to get in touch.

“The small safe that was stolen was recovered on Thursday, April 4 by council workers in a watery ditch on Underbank Road in Thornton.

“I’d be keen to speak with anyone that thinks they saw this safe being abandoned or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Lancashire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.