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Farnham, Aldershot & Fleet Sea Cadet unit ransacked during break-in

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Farnham, Aldershot & Fleet Sea Cadet unit ransacked during break-in

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 5:41pm 19th September 2019.

The Commanding Officer of the Farnham, Aldershot & Fleet Sea Cadet unit says his heart sank as he discovered the extent of a break in there.

Daniel Prior visited their T.S. Swiftsure base in Lower Weybourne Lane, Farnham after a nearby resident contacted him about damage to the fence.

On further inspection he discovered the fire exit door of the main building had been forced open, with further damage throughout as well as items including a television and kitchenware having been stolen.

The thieves had also set upon the boatshed, breaking through a metal door and taking equipment including a strimmer and two outboard motors.

It's believed to have taken place at some point between 10pm on Tuesday (17 September) and 9am on Wednesday (18 September).

Surrey Police said they were aware of the incident and are currently investigating, but added that there have been no arrests made at this time.

The Sea Cadet unit is now appealing for help from the community to repair the damage and to replace some of the items stolen.

Commanding Officer Daniel Prior said:

"My heart sunk because we'd just done our Royal Navy parade on Monday (16 September), we'd been given the highest accolade for a Sea Cadet unit.

"To have that really good news and all the cadets celebrating that on Monday evening, to then have such a horrible thing happen on Tuesday - it's taken quite a blow to most of us.

"We need some help with the fencing to help make the fencing more secure at the front of the building.

"Equally, if there's anybody out there who has the tools or equipment or even supplies to be able to get the doors on.

“We've been donated these doors fantastically but hinges and locks and handles and stuff like that would be the next level of support that would be really useful."

Sea Cadet hut damage
Thieves got into the building by breaking open the fire exit doors.
Sea Cadet hut damage
Among the stolen items was a TV which had been taken from the senior cadet's mess.

Daniel added:

"We've got over 70 children that benefit from this building and that's just the Sea cadets alone.

"To take items away that only benefit those children - that's the only reason those items are ever here - it's just really, really sad and disappointing.

"We've had an overwhelming amount of support, on behalf of the Sea Cadets and the volunteers here and the families and people who use the building - thank you for the help you've given so far."

Sea Cadet hut damage
A safe was also ripped of the wall in the incident.
Sea Cadet hut damage
As well as taking kitchenware, an attempt was made to steal the oven.

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