Halstead Royal British Legion faces £20,000 repair bill following break-in
Burglars have caused up to £20,000 of damage after ransacking a charity that supports veterans from the Armed Forces.
The home of Halstead Royal British Legion in The Causeway was broken into on Sunday, August 26, at approximately 3am.
Club treasurer Roy Weavers, who was alerted to the burglary in the early hours of the morning, estimated the cost of the damage at between £15,000 to £20,000.
“Things like this don’t tend to happen in Halstead,” said Mr Weavers. “It has been quite upsetting.”
The club’s lounge had undergone a two-week refurbishment shortly before the burglary, but must now be repaired.
Due to the extent of the damage, the club was forced to remain closed the following day.
“The place was in such a mess, it was impossible to open,” said Mr Weavers.
The thieves, who were equipped with crowbars, attempted to break into the club’s safe and gaming machines, but failed. They are thought to have fled the scene with a small amount of cash.
Mr Weavers said the incident had left everyone connected with the club at a loss.
“They are rather shocked,” he added.
A spokeswoman for Essex Police said: “We were contacted shortly after 4am on Sunday, August 26, with reports of a burglary at the Royal British Legion in The Causeway, Halstead.
“Tills were forced open and the building had been searched. A car was seen leaving the premises at the time and attempts were made to find it. Inquiries are ongoing.”
Anyone who witnessed the burglary, or has information relating to it, should contact Braintree local policing team on 101, quoting the crime reference number 42/123463/18.