Wall torn down as cricket club in Elland hit by safe theft bid

Adam Bentley from Paul Briggs Building Contactors repairs damaged caused by theives at Blackley Cricket Club.
Adam Bentley from Paul Briggs Building Contactors repairs damaged caused by theives at Blackley Cricket Club.
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Would-be thieves broke down two walls trying to steal a safe from a cricket club.

Blackley Cricket Club on Lindley Road in Elland had been locked up as usual at 11pm last Thursday night when the culprits attacked.

They tore down a double wall to get to the safe, leaving a pile of bricks for club committee members to discover in the morning.

The culprits tried to get inside the safe, damaging it in the process, but failed and escaped empty-handed.

Cricket development manager for the club Steve Williams said: “It’s going to cost us to fix the damage and buy a new safe.”

It is not the first time the club has fallen victim to criminals.

In 2011, thieves stole a sit-on mower, strimmers, garden lawnmowers and spiking equipment worth around £5,000 from a locked shed.

Anyone with information about the break-in should call police via 101 or CrimeStoppers, where information can be passed on anonymously on 0800 555111.