Humberside

Hull KR criticise police over floodlight theft response

Hull Kingston Rovers have criticised the police after metal thieves stole £1,000 worth of floodlight cable from Craven Park stadium.

The theft has disrupted preparations for their televised game against Castleford this weekend.

The club has been angered by what it calls the slow response to the incident.

Police said any calls for service were based on the risk to the wider community and available resources.

The theft was picked up on the club's CCTV cameras.

After a phone call to the force, Rovers were told they would have to wait two hours before the police could arrive at the scene.

'Really busy'

Hull KR said it would cost £4,000 to repair the damage caused by the theft, which took place on two separate occasions between 1 and 3 September.

Dr Neil Pease, Director of Strategic Development at Hull KR, said: "I was really disappointed in the two-hour response time.

"We've got a massive game this week, the repairs will be done but it's at a lot of additional cost and their [police's] response was 'Friday nights are really busy'."

In a statement, Humberside Police said: "The initial calls for service in relation to this incident suggested that the offenders had left the site around Craven Park after being challenged by security staff.

"However, it was later reported that 30 metres of flood light cabling had been stolen.

"The cable theft at Craven Park will now be investigated thoroughly in order to try and bring the thieves to justice.

"Any calls for service are prioritised based on the level of risk they pose to the wider community and available resources are deployed accordingly.

"We take all reports of crime seriously and full enquiries will be completed in relation to incident."

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