FOOTBALL club chiefs have told of their shock after thieves struck again at their vandal-hit ground.
Raiders smashed two locks on the main gate at the Colliery Welfare ground – known locally as The Villa – behind the Shack club in North Road, Boldon Colliery.
They also ripped three bulkhead security lights from the wall, leaving behind exposed wires.
Metal waste pipes had also been torn down, leaving behind a repair bill believed to be between £200 and £300.
It is the latest theft at the Boldon CA club, which had £4,500 of copper cable stolen in January, which was needed to power the floodlights.
Club bosses spent five years raising £24,000 to buy new floodlights for their base, only for thieves to strike just hours after cabling was laid.
A switch-on was delayed for three months.
Officials said today they had hoped such attacks were a thing of the past.
George Taylor, vice president of the club, said: “The whole thing is ridiculous.
“Just as we think things are getting sorted with all the trouble, then we get targeted again.
“We have tried to get funding for security cameras, but no one seems to want to know or help us.
“And with the dark nights coming in, we don’t want to go back to a time when the place was constantly getting trashed.”
Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Hudson said: “Inquiries into this theft are continuing today and neighbourhood teams will be patrolling the area.
“I’d urge anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity around the club or who may know of the stolen goods’ whereabouts to contact us.”
Anyone with information about the theft, which happened between 4.30pm on Monday and 10.30am on Tuesday, is asked to contact police on 03456 043 043 or Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.