Thief smashed his way through Goatacre Village Hall bar
11:00am Thursday 29th August 2013 in Latest News
Goatacre residents were shocked to see the damage caused by a man who broke into the village hall and smashed through shutters at the bar.
Goatacre Village Hall, next to Goatacre Cricket Ground, is a community base for the village, which has no nearby pub.
It was used by members of the cricket club for a home match at the cricket grounds in the afternoon of Saturday, August 17, and was shut around midnight.
Police believe the man entered the hall through a fire door, triggering an alarm at 2.15am, which he disabled by ripping the alarm system off the wall and taking the key pad with him.
A security firm in charge of the alarm system alerted a key holder for the hall, who found a scruffily dressed white man about 5ft 10ins tall with dark hair.
By the time the keyholder arrived the alarm had been disabled, and the man told him he was a member of the cricket club who had fallen asleep in the changing rooms. The damage was discovered by a cleaner on Sunday.
The hall’s alarm system has since been improved and its committee has replaced locks to the cellar after the man stole a key.
Hall chairman Graham Iles has helped to care for it since it was built in 1972 and was on holiday with his wife, Judith, at the time.
He said: “It’s just a shock when something happens like this. We lost a bit of booze, but no money.
“The damage is the worst problem, that’s going to be the most expensive. Hopefully the insurance will cover a certain amount.
“A lot of people put in a lot of work, which is unpaid work, to keep the hall going, so it’s upsetting from that point of view.
“He switched off the CCTV, but it was too late because it had been filming him for some time and we hope it will help catch him.”
Anyone with information can call Calne police on 101.
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