Burglars caught in angry scrum at Midhurst Rugby Club

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Five youths got a shock after breaking into a rugby club in the early hours of the morning.

They were met on their way out by members of the club who were not going to let them get off lightly.

After finding and detaining three of the youths who were hiding in bushes on the site, members of the club called the police, who subsequently arrested the boys. The other two were arrested later that day.

The five are accused of burglary at Midhurst Rugby Club, causing criminal damage and theft at the site.

Luckily three members of the club were on the scene as they were car sharing for work, and were alerted to the break-in.

The boys had reportedly smashed a window of the clubhouse in order to break in and steal alcohol from the premises.

Chairman of the club, John Whitby, said: “I wish people like this would take part in rugby. It would do them good to enjoy the facilities we have instead of trying to destroy them.

“It cost us a lot of money in repairs and was a huge waste of our time, for just a few pounds worth of alcohol.

“We know what goes on at the premises and in suspicious circumstances such as this we will report it to the police immediately.”

“Luckily there were a few of us that could be on the scene quickly as we had early work commitments, so it must have been quite a shock for them, they probably thought they could get away with it.”

The clubhouse, at Cowdray Ruins, has been open for 31 years as a social club and the home to two successful rugby teams.

A Sussex Police spokesperson said: “Five youths have been arrested on suspicion of burglary after Midhurst Rugby Clubhouse was broken into last week.

“Police were called just after 6am on September 6 following a report of a break-in at the club, during which alcohol was stolen.

“Members of the club had detained three people, who were all subsequently arrested by police. They are a 16-year-old and two 18-year-olds all from Midhurst. Two others, a 15-year-old from Midhurst and a 20-year-old of no fixed address were arrested shortly after.

“All five have been released on police bail until October 6 pending further enquiries.”