By Ian Dipple Wednesday 14 August 2013 Updated: 16/08 09:44
A CASH strapped rugby club has vowed to fight back against 'heartless and selfish' thieves who broke in and stole thousands of pounds worth of equipment.
Hopwood based Kings Norton RFC was targeted sometime between 6pm on Sunday and 9am the following day by thieves who cut off a padlock on the main gate to gain access to their Ash Lane ground, before breaking into a storage container and stealing a Kubota sit on mower worth £4,000. They also attempted to steal a tractor but were unable to start it.
Cricket and rugby club Old Edwardians Five Ways, based just yards away, was also targeted between 12.120am and 7am on Monday with thousands of pounds worth of specialist cutting equipment taken.
Roger Adams, from Kings Norton RFC, said the theft would hit them hard as they had used donations and fund-raising to buy the mower which will cost between £6,000 to £8,000 new and with the rugby season due to start in just a month, it would make it difficult to get the pitches up to standard.
The club has a thriving junior section and also supports schools in the North Bromsgrove district and South Birming region, including allowing them to use the pitches to train for free, all of which may now be put at risk.
"A club like us doesn't have any spare money, we just about manage to keep going," he said.
"We've just had a massive fund-raising effort to refurbish the club house because it's our 90th anniversary season and to have to go out again and start asking people for money is not easy."
The club is hiring someone to cut the pitches in the short-term and members are also pitching in to help keep them playable, while there is also the possibility of some temporary funding from the Rugby Football Union in the short-term to support the club while they decide how to replace the mower.
"If they sell it, whatever they get will be peanuts compared to the value it had to us," Mr Adams added.
"It's going to cost us a lot of money to keep going but there's no way we are going to stop carrying on doing what we do."
Anyone with any information should contact police on 0300 333 3000 quoting 28N-1208-13 for the Kings Norton RFC theft or 78S-1208-13 for the Five Ways Old Edwardians break-in.
Anyone who can help Kings Norton RFC should contact Mr Adams on 07970 181139.
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