Sledgehammer gang smash way into Ford Social Club

Pic:Bill Chandler

Police from Eastleigh and Hedge End raced to the scene of a break in at Ford Social club in the early hours of Friday morning and apprehended a suspect.

At around 00.30hrs police on November 23 thieves in smashed their way through the roof of the social club using a sledge hammer setting of the alarm.

A fruit machine had been attacked and bar shutters had been forced open. Staff checking the building disturbed the burglars but managed to stop one man from escaping, he was arrested by police who were quickly on the scene.

Considerable damage was caused to the roof of the building and inside the bar where it’s believed at least £120 had been stolen.

Police believe at least another three people were involved in the burglary and are checking CCTV on site and in the nearby area to try and identify further suspects.

Later on Friday an 18 year-old man from Southampton was charged with burglary and possessing a controlled drug and was bailed to appear at Southampton Magistrates Court on 19 December.

In 2007 the club had £12,000 stolen at knifepoint by masked men.

Anyone with any information that could the police us requested to contact Pc Dineen at Southampton Central investigation team by dialling 101 or by ringing Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to give information anonymously.

  1 comment for “Sledgehammer gang smash way into Ford Social Club

  1. Justina Webb
    November 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    A police spokesman later stated that despite the apprehended man’s great age, he proved extremely agile and very difficult to catch.

    A constable who cannot be named revealed it was only after one of the man’s black, calf length boots skidded on the social club dance floor, that police were finally able to detain him with a rugby tackle.

    The man is described as white, aged in his late 80’s with a long, white, bushy beard. He was dressed in a distinctive red costume, including red hood, red cape and white trim.

    A sleigh bearing Finnish plates was seized in the car park and a team of Lapland reindeer found grazing nearby were taken to Marwell Zoological Park for safe keeping.

    When questioned under caution about his reason for the break in, the man is said to spoken in an unknown European tongue and is believed to have muttered something in broken English about “no damned chimney”!

    Anyone with any information as to the man’s identity is asked to contact their nearest police station.

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