UPTON-ON-SEVERN Rugby Club has had a free CCTV system donated following a break-in which caused substantial damage and saw thieves escape with a large amount of alcohol.
The raiders struck last weekend, stealing around 30 bottles of spirits and £2,000 worth of tools belonging to apprentice electrician Matt Dunwell.
The thieves also turned on the beer taps, flooding the club and wasting two barrels of beer.
After hearing off the club’s plight, funeral directors Jacksons donated an eight-camera CCTV system and hard drive to prevent similar incidents in the future.
Mark Campion, operations director at Upton’s branch of Jackson, responded after seeing the incident detailed on an Upton community Facebook page.
He visited the club and presented the CCTV system to Matt.
“The local community is so shocked by this burglary and I want people to feel safe in our beautiful little town of Upton.
“Matt is such an inspirational young man, so when we heard of the terrible upset left behind after the raid, we all wanted to help ensure this never happened again.
“When we contacted him he said he would be happy for a donation but we decided to donate the whole system instead as it would be more beneficial to the club.”
He added it was a small gesture from the firm to put things right following a ‘terrible situation’.
And he said, because the cameras had ‘night vision’ they would also help with issues such as criminal damage to vehicles in the car park which the club had also fallen victim to before.
Jacksons, which has a branch in Upton High Street, is a proud supporter of the local community, holds events for local charities and sponsors Upton in Bloom.
Witnesses or anyone with information on the break-in at Upton-upon-Severn RFC should call Malvern Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.