Thieves hit stables owned by polocrosse teenager’s family

Max Pedley, who plays polocrosse for the UK, with horse Thunder at Lees Lane Stables, Norwood Green.
Max Pedley, who plays polocrosse for the UK, with horse Thunder at Lees Lane Stables, Norwood Green.

THIEVES keep targeting stables owned by the family of a teenage international polocrosse player from Calderdale.

Max Pedley’s family took over Lees Lane Stables, off Syke Lane in Norwood Green in February last year.

Since then, they have had seven break-ins.

The culprits have damaged fencing and taken horse tack.

Max’s mum Debbie said they do not usually keep tack on the premises.

She said they have also had problems with people trespassing with dogs and startling the 15 horses that they keep there.

But she is hoping that people in the area will help them by keeping an eye out for anyone acting suspiciously.

“We need people looking out for us,” she said.

Max, who is 13, plays as part of the UK’s Under 16s polocrosse squad.

The sport has taken him to competitions across the globe including Australia.

In June he will be taking part in a tour of Ireland with the squad.

“He’s been playing since he was seven,” said Debbie.

“My husband Gareth has also started playing.”

Polocrosse is a combination of polo and lacrosse.

It is played outside on a field and on horseback.

Each rider uses a stick to which is attached a racquet head with a loose thread net in which the ball is carried. The ball is made of sponge rubber.

The objective is to score goals by throwing the ball between the opponent’s goal posts

Each team consists of six players

Anyone with information about the break-ins at Lees Lane Stables that might help the police’s investigation should call Calderdale Police via 101.

Information can also be passed on anonymously by calling crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.