A HAMPSHIRE football club is counting the cost of a ram raid that caused extensive damage to its headquarters.

Thieves targeted Hythe and Dibden FC in Claypits Lane, Dibden, and fled with several gear after leaving a trail of destruction.

The club took to social media to urge anyone with information about the incident to contact the police.

Members are urging people to be on their guard if they are offered cheap tools that could be among the items stolen from the club.

One of the players, Mark Blondel, said: “A car backed into secure gates so watch out for a damaged car in the back.

“Thieves stole gas powered hedge trimmers, gas powered trimmers and disc trimmers etc. Please share and advise if any cheap tools are offered.

“It’s very annoying because the club has a lot of volunteers who help maintain grassroots football in the area for all age groups.”

Referring to the thieves, he added: “Someone knows who they are, so do the right thing.”

The club plays in the Wessex League Premier Division.

It was formed in 1902 and was based at Ewart Recreation Ground in Jones Lane, Hythe, which it shared with a cricket club, before moving to Claypits Lane in 2014.

A police spokesperson said: “We were called at 10.52pm on February 17 to reports of a commercial burglary at Hythe and Dibden Football Club on Claypits Lane.

“A garage door was damaged and a number of items – including power tools – were stolen.

“Police are today carrying out initial investigations in the area.”

Appealing for witnesses, the spokesperson added: “Did you see what happened? Did you see or notice anyone acting suspiciously in the area at this time?”

Anyone with information can contact Hampshire Police on 101, quoting 44220066531.