Second Cadet hut broken in to within a week

Thursday, 3rd December 2015

A SECOND cadet hut has been broken in to within the town in the space of a week.

The Tamworth Detachment of the Staffordshire & West Midlands on Mariner was broken in to at some point  between Thursday 26 November and Tuesday 1 December.

Earlier this week we reported how the Tamworth and Lichfield Sea Cadet unit in Kettlebrook was broken into, causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

The burglary at the Army Cadet unit has again caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage but on this occasion, nothing was stolen.

There was however an attempt to get in to the unit’s armoury which contains only deactivated ‘Drill Purpose’ L98 rifles, a cadet version of the British Army SA80 rifle which are used for the cadets to practice weapons drills.

These Drill Purpose rifles are easily identifiable with DP painted on to them and are not capable of firing any ammunition.

an example of an L98a1 cadet DP weapon

an example of an L98a1 cadet DP weapon

No weapons were stolen in either burglary but laptop computers from the burglary at the Sea Cadet unit are still outstanding.

Crime Statistics

The latest crime statistics on show that in October 2015 there were 24 burglaries within the Borough compared to 40 in October 2014; a reduction of 40%.

Overall there were 548 reported crimes in October 2015 compared to 585 reported crimes in October 2014; a decrease of just over 6%.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.