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Poppy appeal collection boxes stolen from National League club

Thieves have broken into Eastleigh FC and stolen two poppy appeal collection boxes from the reception of the football club.

The break-in, which happened just after 3:00am, was announced by the National League side, who also showed a video of those breaking in.

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They wrote on Twitter: “12 days ago we were broken into. Last night, it happened again.

“There has been significant damage caused, with our poppy appeal boxes having been taken.

“Someone out there knows these people. Please retweet to get these thieves caught.”

They added: “The club had taken necessary procedures to prevent this happening again.

“As a result, nothing was available to these people except #PoppyAppeal donation tins.

“Our 24/7 alarm was activated immediately.

“Please continue to RT to bring justice for the damage caused.”

As mentioned, it is the second time the club has been targeted in the past fortnight after thieves stole about £2,000 and other items on 24 October.

Hampshire Constabulary says it is investigating whether the incidents are linked and have asked for people with information to come forward.

Empty cash boxes and a couple of drinks were also taken in the latest raid.


Football clubs and supporters on social media took to reply to Eastleigh’s post, revealing their shock and anger at what they were seeing – check out those tweets on the next page.


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