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Attempted robbery at Hartley Wintney causes extensive structural damage

Hartley Wintney are counting the cost of an attempted robbery and break-in at their Green Lane home on Wednesday night, causing “extensive structural damage” to their clubhouse.

Improving the club’s infrastructure has been an ongoing community project in the quaint Hampshire village and has been integral in helping the club to back-to-back promotions to the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division.

Thankfully, nothing was stolen in the break-in, but damage to the outbuilding and pitch, which was driven across by means of getaway, has set back the efforts of the club’s hard-working volunteers.

The club, who has footage of the incident, tweeted: “Sad to report this morning that our club was the target of a robbery last night. Damage is structural and extensive and they got away with nothing.

“The damage and cost of repair is still being assessed including the pitch they drove across to get away.

“Emotions range from absolutely mad as hell to total heartbreak for all the good & hardworking volunteers who support us and give so much of their time.

“This doesn’t just affect the football at the club but the community we support. The lowlife behind this will be caught.”

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