Two raids on Gayton Cricket Club

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A cricket club is counting the cost after its premises were raided twice by thieves.

Gayton Cricket Club now may have to fork out hundreds of pounds to replace a scarifier which was stolen during the last theft.

Diesel, petrol and oil have also been stolen during the two raids which have happened over the last six weeks.

Club chairman Nigel Borley is hoping to track down an unwanted or unused scarifier, which is used to create a level pitch, to replace the stolen one.

He said: “The scarifier is priceless to us as it was given to the club as a gift by someone who had moved away. They have probably only got £200 to £300 for it.

“The money we are going to have to spend on replacing the scarifier could be used on something else for the club.

“We have not been very lucky. The club is fed up with this.”

Thieves broke into a metal box behind the pavilion to steal the scarifier between December 12 and January 2. They also took the fuel.

Diesel was also stolen from a Land Rover, which was stored at the club, and thieves also attempted to break into it. This has now been moved.

Anyone who would like to donate a scarifier to the club should contact reporter Victoria Fear on 01553 817321.