It was early afternoon on Tuesday 30 September when I got a call from Richard Cannon.
He had just been talking to Bryan Clements, who had returned to the club, having
played golf on Monday, to find it had been broken into.
Richard's car had a flat battery and having phoned the Police he was anxious that
somebody should go to the club to open the gates and see them in.
I arrived twenty minutes later and Bryan showed me what he'd found. Part of the Bosun
store wall, adjacent to the door, had been ripped off, presumably to get at tools
that could be used. The clubs back door had been forced open. An attempt to get into
the store room had failed. The bar door was forced, ripping the locks out. The till
and safe had been emptied and drink and chocolate bars stolen. The telephone in the
foyer had been smashed of the wall and a garbage sack upended on the floor.
Half an hour later Richard arrived with Nigel. Twenty minutes after that the Police
arrived and went through the place with Nigel. They concluded it was an amateur job,
probably kids looking for drug money. They said they would send a crime scene investigation
unit because there was a good chance they could get some finger prints. Until then
we were asked to leave things just as they were.
Nigel put together a shopping list of items so we could begin the repair work as
soon as the Police were finished. The finger print police women visited on Wednesday
and Bodgit & Son started work on Thursday.
First priorities were the bar and back doors and the Bosun's hut which needed a whole
new wall to the left of the door. As of now, 3 October, work is ongoing to ensure
the PIR activated lighting works efficiently and to install an enhanced alarm system.
This is essential because in the Police view there's a good chance that at some time
or another they will be back.