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Maidenhead United FC left without showers after theft

A football club has been left without any showers after thieves stole its water boiler and piping.

Maidenhead United was left pondering how it could host its home game against Thurrock following Thursday's burglary.

The Conference South club contacted police about the theft of the materials, valued at about £5,000, and an investigation has been launched.

Manager Johnson 'Drax' Hippolyte thanked Maidenhead's leisure centre which offered its facilities.

The club had been targeted at the beginning of January but officials said thieves had been disturbed on that occasion.

'Professional job'

Steve Ginman, director of the club, said others who used the grounds would be left inconvenienced.

"If it happened on Friday night the game would have been off as we needed hot water for the players," he said.

"It was a very professional job.

"We have had games called off because of the snow and the frost. We accepted that, but if a game was to be cancelled for this reason you lose ticket money from the game."

Police are appealing for witnesses.

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