Arrest after club break-in

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OFFICIALS at a Boldon Colliery sports ground have cried foul after being left to repair damage caused by a would-be burglar.

Staff at Jarrow Roofing’s ground were shocked to find smashed gates and doors when they turned up for a training session this week.

While they surveyed the damage, a man believed to have been responsible for the raid, was trying to scramble under a fence.

Club Secretary Bryn Griffiths said: “When we turned up at the ground we noticed the lock had been damaged and the store room had been broken into. Then we spotted someone lying on the ground with his head under the fence.

“We went over and apprehended him until the police arrived.”

The damage, which happened on Wednesday evening, could cost hundreds of pounds to repair. Now, club owner Richie McLoughlin is facing a race against time to ensure tomorrow’s Northern League Division Two home game with Heaton Stannington goes ahead. Mr Griffiths added: “It is disappointing and deflating to Richie and the rest of the guys.”

•A 53-year-old man arrested on suspicion of burglary and is helping police with inquiries.