Lakeside Country Club trophies stolen

Lakeside Country Club
Image caption The leisure complex has hosted the world darts tournament since 1986

Eight trophies have been stolen from the home of the BDO World Darts Championship during a burglary.

Police said thieves had targeted a cash machine at Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, Surrey, and taken the trophies when they found it empty.

Lakeside owner Bob Potter said the theft on Tuesday night had "destroyed 40 years of history" by taking the eight club of the year trophies.

The leisure complex has hosted the world darts tournament since 1986.

Mr Potter has offered a £5,000 reward for the return of the trophies.

'Very, very down'

His daughter Jane said the trophies were of "great sentimental value".

She said staff had "arrived at work early on [Wednesday] and all the front doors on the left hand side of the club had been smashed through".

"I think they looked towards the trophy cabinet and saw all the silver cups in there and decided that they'd take those as compensation for getting in and not getting anything out of that machine.

She said the trophies were "the history of Lakeside from the start".

She added that her father was "very, very down about it".

"Lakeside is his life and it's just taken away the achievements that he has done over the years.

"Every time the darts people come in, they always look at those cups."

Surrey Police's Det Con Nicky Gardner said the theft may have taken place at around 01:00 GMT on Wednesday and wanted "to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen any suspicious vehicles or activity".

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