Coach is disappointed at boxing club break in

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The head coach of a Haverhill boxing club has spoken of his disappointment after burglars targeted their premises.

The Haverhill Amateur Boxing Club in Norton Road was broken into between 5pm and 9.50pm on Friday, December 12.

Despite causing considerable damage while breaking in, the would-be thieves didn’t steal anything.

“Basically, they smashed the whole door frame away, leaving the door hanging open,” said Jason Marks, head coach at the boxing club. “But it doesn’t look like they took anything.

“I think they thought there were tools in here. A fair amount of damage has been caused and we’ve had to cover the costs ourselves.”

The boxing club is run on a voluntary basis, with staff giving up their time to help aspiring boxers hone their abilities and train. Members of the club come from all parts of the community, with some of the people who box there regularly ranging from 11 to 30 years of age.

Mr Marks said: “We are entirely self funded and only get money from subscriptions.

“The damage caused by the break-in will be about two months’ subscriptions for us. It’ll have to come out of the club’s bank account, which doesn’t leave us with a lot of money at the end of the day.”

The club has been on that site since the 1970s.

“I’ve been coaching here for 11 years,” said Mr Marks. “People have broken in before. Last time was about two years ago when someone smashed the fire escape door. Going back, maybe, four years, someone broke the door off its hinges. It’s very disappointing. We’re a small club. We give up our time and we don’t have a lot of money.”

A police spokesman said: “We have been in the area. The club isn’t overlooked by many domestic properties, though, so there’s limited options for door-to-door enquiries.”

It is understood that crime scene investigators have identified a set of distinctive boot prints and that they are investigating further.

Anyone with information should contact PC Georgie Parrott at Haverhill police on 101, quoting crime reference HH/14/2486.