‘Callous’ thieves raid struggling Welsh rugby club and steal barrels of booze amid coronavirus lockdown


The world is in a global crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic with supermarket shelves empty but it hasn’t prevented thieves from raiding a Welsh rugby club.

St Julians HSOB’s clubhouse at Glebelands, Newport was broken on Thursday night with the Specsavers National League side having their stock of beer, lager, spirits and soft drinks stolen.

It’s the latest blow for the Division Three East B outfit, who have had a number of matches postponed this season because of waterlogged pitches before the outbreak of Covid-19 brought rugby to a halt in Wales.

“Some complete scum broke into the club last night and stole our stock. To do this in a national emergency beggars belief. How low can you go?” tweeted St Julians.

“If anyone knows anything, please let us know. It will be kept confidential.”

Club secretary Gordon Thomas said: “A dog walker reported the break-in to us at 6.30am on Friday morning.

“Whoever did this cleaned out our stock from the cellar. All our barrels and bottles of beer and lager, soft drinks and bottles of spirits have gone.

“All they left was the spirits in the optics. Too much has been taken for it to be for personal use.

“It’s just callous and despairing when you look what’s happening around us with the impact of coronavirus and its repercussions for us and the world.

“The low lifes have taken in excess of £1,000 worth of drinks and it’s money we can ill-afford to lose because it’s been a dreadful season with postponements and our income already having been hit.”



Supermarket shelves are being stripped amid the coronavirus pandemic
Supermarket shelves are being stripped amid the coronavirus pandemic

The theft come as many supermarkets impose a restriction on the amount of alcohol people can buy after panic buying left the shelves of many stores practically empty.

“It will be a tough battle for us and other clubs to survive with rugby on stop indefinitely because of coronavirus,” Mr Thomas added.

“We could have done without being raided on top of that but we will tough it out – that’s all we, other clubs and the country can do.

“We’ve got a senior side and something like 150 children playing in our junior and mini sections and we’ll be ready to play when rugby resumes,” vowed Thomas.





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