Raiders ransack Community venue

Raiders ransack Community venue

by Tom Martin (August 2020)

BURGLARS ransacked a Litherland social club and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Two men broke into the Royal British Legion, on Orrell Road, in the early hours of Friday, August 7 and smashed up two fruit machines, taking around £450, before leaving. They also damaged CCTV cameras, ripped an alarm box off the door and a window was smashed.

However, they made the mistake of returning 15 minutes later and during this second visit they were caught out by Merseyside Police and arrested at the scene.

Michael Dunn, 27, of no fixed address, and Anthony Petches, 29, of Westfield Walk, Kirkby, were quickly charged and appeared at Liverpool Magistrates Court on Saturday, August 8.

They pleaded guilty to burglary and were released on bail ahead of a sentence hearing at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday, September 7.

A spokesperson for the venue said: “It happened in the early hours of Friday and we found out in the morning.

“We are still open and it’s business as normal as we try to get back on our feet.”

The L21 Club, which is based at the venue, had a number of community events running throughout the week, including bingo.

They have been closed over lockdown but are now welcoming back local residents.

The spokesperson added: “We have made the building as safe as possible and there is hand gel at the entrance and in the toilets. We hope that people feel safe and want to come back.”

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