Neighbours Five Ways OE and Kings Norton were hit by break-ins earlier this week which led to valuable ground equipment being stolen.
Five Ways OE lost around £2,000 worth of equipment which was securely locked in a garage and Kings Norton, across the road at Ash Lane in Hopwood on the southern outskirts of Birmingham, were similarly affected.
“I am very sad to report that Five Ways OE’s garage at Hopwood was broken into during the night of 18th August with major damage and £2,000 of equipment stolen,” said Peter Grace, Five Ways OE president.
“My information is that our neighbours Kings Norton and the local farm were also hit. It is just under two years since we were last badly robbed and we increased our security which was pretty good anyway. Obviously the burglars just do more damage to gain access.
“Our hearts go out to Kings Norton RFC who have suffered more than we have recently.
We are well insured but of course premiums will no doubt rise and insurers will make greater demands on security.
“It is the worst time with cricket in full swing and rugby starting so we ask our visitors to put up with the disruption this incident will cause.
“These are bad times and I feel so sorry for our brilliant voluntary grounds men Peter Collins and Mark Tovey and their support to whom it must be heart breaking.
“I do not know what we can do as a game but we must try to collectively deal with this growing area of professional crime.”
North Midlands clubs are advised to be particularly vigilant in the light of these incidents.