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Somerset football club broken into three times within five weeks

Both the fruit machine and doors have been damaged on multiple occasions. Credit: Burnham United AFC

A Somerset amateur football club is raising money to improve security after its clubhouse was targeted multiple times by thieves.

Burnham United AFC's facilities at Cassis Close were first hit by criminals before Christmas, with money taken from the fruit machine and several televisions stolen.

Wall-mounted televisions were removed by the thieves. Credit: Burnham United AFC

Following the initial break-in the club organised fundraising activities - including an exhibition match against a local rugby team which raised more than £650.

Unbelievably, the club was then targeted again by last month with more damage being done to the building and the fruit machine raided a second time.

These incidents have caused much distress affecting all users of the club and the small group of volunteers which spend countless hours running the club.

– Burnham AFC

Just days after the second incident the club was broken into a third time, with money taken from the jukebox.

The club's facilities have been targeted by thieves three times in five weeks. Credit: Burnham United AFC

Burnham have created a Crowdfunder page to receive donations and messages of support.

target from donations the club hopes to reach
estimated total cost of repairs to the building and security upgrades

We are seeking to increase the security at our premises by installing security gates around our current door shutters, CCTV and security fencing around the building.

– Burnham United AFC

After the first break in thanks to the support of the local community, local organisations, businesses and club members we were quickly able to get back on our feet and have invested in improving our alarm system which have stretched resources significantly.

– Burnham United AFC

The club has used a social media campaign to raise awareness of its fundraising effort and has seen other clubs including Yeovil Town showing support.

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The club says it has already raised around 40% of its target as a result of the fundraising campaign and hopes for more success before the weekend.