‘Vandalism for no reason’
Members of Mildenhall Social Club were shocked to find that while watched a boxing match screening some of their ‘guests’ were vandalising the building.
The club in Jubilee Way has handed police CCTV of the group of young men who the astounded club chairman John McGuire says are clearly identifiable in the video and had given their names and addresses when they signed in.
He says the 85 people in their function room watching the Haye-Bellow match last Saturday were unaware the men were damaging the toilets next door until someone spotted them on CCTV leaving with a fire extinguisher around midnight.
Mr McGuire said: “I chased after them into the Sainsbury’s car park. They set of the fire extinguisher and chucked it across the car park where it went off over the cars.”
He says they drove off without lights and he returned to the club to find they had damaged every ceiling tile in the gents as well as pulling equipment off the walls and damaging electrics.
“It was intentional damage – it’s not as if they had a scuffle in there and things got broken,” he said. “It’s quite unsavoury. There was no trouble, nobody challenged them or told them to get out – it was just vandalism for no reason.
“We’ve got 1,000 members and these guys were not members. They were signed in by a member who was devastated.
“They paid £1 to sign in and had the whole evening with cut price drinks. It cost us £270 to hire the fight off Sky – it makes you think ‘why bother?’”
Suffolk Police say they were called at about 12.15am on Sunday morning.
A spokeswoman said: “Officers from the Incident and Crime Management Hub (ICMH) have been in touch with the owners of the social club and have asked what they would like to happen with regards to dealing with the individuals.
“At this stage, police are awaiting an update on quotes for the damage incurred and details of the individuals believed to be involved.”
Anyone with information about the incident should call the ICMH team at Suffolk Police on 101 quoting reference 21439/17.