Thieves raid Oswestry Rugby Club changing rooms

Thieves sneaked into the changing rooms at a Shropshire rugby club during a training session and stole players’ belongings worth more than £1,000.

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Oswestry Rugby Club members were on the pitch at their Park Hall ground on Thursday when the burglary took place.

Many were left unable to get home as their car keys were taken.

Other items stolen included clothing, house keys, driving licences, bank cards, mobile phones, watches, wallets, headphones, cash, sports bags and a wedding ring.

Club chairman Steve Charmley said between 20 to 30 players were affected.

“We have had things go missing before but never on such a huge scale,” he said. “We will now ensure that the changing rooms are secured whenever they are in use.

“It is such a shame that we have to resort to locking the changing rooms but we have no option.”

He added: "I do think though that it is a brave person who decides to steal from a rugby team.”

Police are appealing for information. Call 101.