A community sports venue run mainly by volunteers has been left devastated after a break-in over the weekend.
Thousands of pounds worth of equipment was taken from Buxton Raceway on Sunday night, just 18 months after thieves had previously targeted the venue.
The break-in was discovered on Monday morning, when staff attended the site to tidy up after Sunday’s penultimate meeting and found the gates to the venue had been cut open.
Offenders then broke into a number of buildings on the site, and took items including a ride-on lawn mower and generators, causing damage in the process.
Promoter Matthew Watson is now offering a £2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the break-in.
He said: “Someone knows who’s done this.”
Buxton Raceway has already had a difficult year, with tough economic times having an impact on the numbers of visitors to the track.
And the weekend’s break-in is a further blow to those who give up their time to run the community sports venue, as it comes less than two years after a large amount of items were taken in a previous theft.
Promoter Matthew Watson said he was “pretty devastated” when he discovered the theft, adding: “We can still run but this has set us back a bit. It’s been a hard year and we’ve only got one meeting left so we just have to hope for a good year next year.
“They’ve taken all sorts, expensive stuff, and then they’ve gone in and taken all the tomato ketchup, mayonnaise and things like that. What is the point? It’s just petty.
“You spend all year working hard trying to do a good job and do something nice for people and something like this happens.
“You are always going to get scum in life and this is the second time we’ve been done in two years. People know who it is.
“We’ll just continue to spread the word and hopefully we can catch them.”
Inspector Martin Coey, Buxton section inspector, said police were following a number of lines of enquiry.
He added: “It is terrible when a family business that people have worked hard to build up has this happen.
“I’d really appeal to people’s better nature to give any information they can either in confidence to Crimestoppers (0800 555 111) or ring us direct on 101.”
Among the items taken during the break-in are a Kubota ride-on mower, six KVA generators, a stick welder, mig welder, two 5” grinders, a 9” grinder, a Stihl saw, a petrol strimmer, six brand new helmets, two tool boxes full of tools, socket sets, spanner sets, all the batteries, race scales and a reciprocating saw.