A cricket club has been left devastated after suffering a break-in.
Silksworth Cricket Club, based on Scarborough Road, Silksworth, was targeted between Thursday evening and Friday morning.
Police are investigating after a TV and alcohol were taken, as well as sports memorabilia which adorned the walls of the club.
The cricket club has three senior teams and an Under-11s side, and also holds functions at the ground.
It relies on volunteers to survive and thrive, and they have worked around the clock since the burglary was discovered to get the club ready to host games this weekend.
Stuart Middlemiss, 21, who is a committee member, player and fixtures secretary at the club, said: “One of the lads was driving past on Friday morning on his way to work, and noticed a box of alcohol left outside, and that the window had been smashed in.
It’s really disappointing to think that people would try to damage us in this wayStuart Middlemiss
“He discovered the damage and what had been taken, and it’s so disappointing.
“There has been a lot of work put in over the last few years to refurbish the full club.
“A lot of people donate their time and effort into it as volunteers, so for this to happen is a massive blow.
“It’s really disappointing to think that people would try to damage us in this way.
“It’s terrible news for the club.”
All of the club’s teams are based at the ground, and the incident took place at the “worst possible time”, according to Mr Middlemiss.
He added: “This weekend, we’ve got games on Saturday and Sunday, so it’s a very busy time for us.
“This is the worst possible time for something like this to happen.
“Fortunately, we got some fantastic help from the club’s volunteers, who were here all day on Friday to help with the clear-up.
“We even had a children’s party on Friday afternoon which we had to get the club ready for, so it was a very challenging time.”
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “Police are carrying out inquiries after a burglary at Silksworth Cricket Club, in Silksworth.
“The burglary happened between 9.15pm on Thursday, July 7 and 6.50am on Friday, July 8.
“A television and alcohol were stolen.
“Officers are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information should contact 101 quoting reference 147 080716, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”