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Triple break-ins rock Roughyeds

Date published: 13 April 2011

THIEVES have raided Oldham Rugby League Club’s home base three times in the past month.

Last week they smashed their way into the bar and clubhouse at the Whitebank Stadium in Limehurst Village.

The incident followed two earlier break-ins when thieves caused damage and made off with materials.

During the latest theft, they got away with armoured cable which provided power to the away team’s dressing room, boardroom, sponsors’ suite, first-aid room, refreshment trailer and public address system.

Chairman Chris Hamilton said: “We are striving to build and develop a facility for the local community as well as for rugby league fans and Roughyeds supporters.

“At a time when money is generally tight setbacks like this make it more difficult than ever to get to where we want to be.

“We will continue to move forward and make progress, but to say that incidents of this nature are frustrating is about as big an understatement as you could get. We would be delighted to hear from anyone with any information, and so would the police.”

The next first-team home game against London Skolars on Sunday will still go ahead as planned.

ROUGHYEDS have planning permission to put up a double-storey cabin inside the Whitebank Stadium as club offices, but first they have to have the site examined by a qualified ecologist to check for the possible presence of badgers — a protected species.


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