Harrogate footballers burgled while on the pitch

Police are appealing for witnesses

Police are appealing for witnesses

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Burglars stole Harrogate footballers’ belongings from the chaging rooms whilst they played a charity football match.

Mobile phones and a luxury watch were stolen during the Harrogate & District League Charity Cup final between Boroughbridge and Harrogate CSC.

Suspects entered the clubhouse changing rooms at Harrogate Railway Football Club’s grounds, Station View, and went through the pockets of the players’ clothing taking three mobiles phones and a Breitling watch.

Two of the phones have been recovered by police officers, but a black Samsung Galaxy S2 and the Breitling watch have not.

The watch is described as chronograph stainless steel with a blue face and three dials.

The incident happened on the night of Tuesday October 1, between 7.30pm and 9.30pm.

Harrogate Railway’s general manager Nigel Corner said the club had one similar incident last year.

“The club took appropriate measures to make sure it wouldn’t happen again,” he said.

“Unfortunately, that’s only when we are there and not when the pitch is hired out.”

Harrogate Railway were playing away at Clitheroe that evening.

Mr Corner added: “We are co-operating with the police’s enquiries whereever we can,”

Acting Sergeant Tom Barker of Harrogate Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “If you saw anyone acting suspiciously around Harrogate Railway Football Club at the time in question or you believe you have been offered any of the stolen items for sale, I urge you to please get in touch.”

Anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Tom Barker,

Or you can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference 12130170712 when passing on information about this incident.