AN INVESTIGATION is underway following a break in at Shielfield Park, the home of Berwick Rangers Football Club.

The incident took place during the early hours of Tuesday September 12.

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A window in the club shop was smashed and a large amount of club merchandise was stolen.

Significant damage was also caused and the club now face large costs.

The club shares Shielfield Park with Berwick Speedway and the thieves took keys to some of their vehicles, leaving them with no access.

The club has asked local residents who finds any keys to hand them in.

It is believed the thieves made off via Prior Road.

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According to the club, the individuals responsible were seen driving golf buggies in and around this area and one is believed to have struck a nearby gas pipe which led to a gas leak.

Following the collision, the vehicles were returned to Shielfield and parts of the struck pipe were in a buggy.

A club spokesperson said: “Following the break in we’ve been on the receiving end of, Berwick Rangers are appealing for anyone with any footage (either from cctv or ring doorbells) from Monday the 11th of September between 10pm and 4am around Shielfield Park and Etal Road.

“We are also trying to trace any information on a white Audi outside the ground seen just after midnight acting suspiciously.

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“Following the theft of a large amount of club merchandise, we ask for vigilance and if you are offered club shirts and / or training shirts to buy we would ask you to contact Northumbria police."

Police have confirmed they are investigating. A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “At about 6.45am today (Tuesday) we received a report of a burglary at Berwick Rangers Football Club that occurred overnight.

“A full investigation has been launched into the incident and anyone found to be responsible will be dealt with swiftly and robustly.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact officers via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20230912-0152.”