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Spate of thefts from lockers at Norwich sports centre includes £3,000 watch

PUBLISHED: 14:35 25 June 2014 | UPDATED: 14:35 25 June 2014

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Security measures are being stepped up at a Norwich sports centre after a spate of thefts from lockers in recent weeks where a number of items have been stolen, including a £3,000 watch.

Police are investigating after several lockers were broken into in just a couple of days at the Norfolk Health and Racquet Club earlier this month.

The Drayton Road-based venue, which is a Virgin Active health club, has “increased staff presence” in the changing rooms following the thefts which were reported by members.

One member, who did not want to be named, said there were up to 20 lockers broken into on June 10 and June 11, resulting in reports being made to staff.

He said: “Between 12 and 20 lockers were broken into. I personally had a £3,000 watch and cash stolen and there was uproar amongst members.”

The victim, who has been a member of the club for several years, said he returned to the changing room after being at the club to see the “padlock was off” his locker.

He said he could see “things had been moved” and discovered that cash and an expensive watch that was in the locker had gone.

“When other people came out of the pool they found they had been broken into.

“It’s very easy for people because you can’t have CCTV in changing rooms so you think anyone walking out carrying a bag could easily have a small bolt cutting tool in the bag.”

The member said although staff at the club were now carrying out regular checks of the changing rooms, he was still concerned it might happen again once things died down a bit.

He said: “I think it’s only going to be a matter of time before it happens again.”

A spokesman for Virgin Active said: “We can confirm that there have been locker thefts at our club in Norfolk over the last few weeks. As a result, we have increased staff presence in the changing rooms during opening hours, and are introducing new safety lockers in the club.

“We’re assisting the police with their enquiries and therefore can’t comment further whilst the investigation is ongoing.”

A police spokesman said: “I can confirm a number of lockers were broken into. Enquiries continue, including officers viewing CCTV. Anyone who witnessed the incidents or has information concerning them should contact PC Andy Dye, Hellesdon beat manager, on 101. Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Have you got a crime story for the paper? Call crime correspondent Peter Walsh on 01603 772436 or email

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