Appeal for information after burglary and arson attack on archery club in Runcorn Date published: 23rd April 2019 12.52pm

Detectives are appealing for information following a burglary and arson at an archery club in Runcorn.

The incident happened at Kyujutsu Archery Club, on Castlefield Avenue East, between 10pm on Monday 22 April and 1.30am on Tuesday 23 April.

Eight or nine people are seen on CCTV entering the building and stealing a large number of items, including 10 recurve bows, four compound bows, around 50-60 arrows, a mountain bike and power tools.

They then lit three fires in the property which has caused substantial damage to the building.

Club owner, Chris Ord, said it was a “kick in the teeth” for the community.

He said: “I am quite numb at the moment. There were three fires in three rooms and every room has been damaged. The new kitchen we had installed recently is covered in soot.

“When I took over the building we had to invest a lot of money because of previous fire damage. It is now worse than before.

“It is a real kick in the teeth because I made the club for people with disabilities and for the community, to give people a hobby, we have 142 members. That has been taken away.”

Detective Sergeant Ian Smith said: “This looks like it was a planned and targeted attack on a sports club as the offenders made attempts to destroy CCTV cameras and footage before stealing the items and setting the fire.

“They have stolen weapons which can be very dangerous and we need to recover these as quickly as possible. If anyone has any information please contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number IML 382004.”

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