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Self defence coach vents anger at gutless' thieves

PUBLISHED: 18:02 15 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:13 12 August 2010

A MARTIAL arts coach said thieves who stole hundreds of pounds worth of equipment from his self defence club are gutless, low-life scum . Some of the members of the Bromley self defence club, in Hayes Lane, Bromley, helped carry boxing pads and gloves

A MARTIAL arts coach said thieves who stole hundreds of pounds worth of equipment from his self defence club are "gutless, low-life scum".

Some of the members of the Bromley self defence club, in Hayes Lane, Bromley, helped carry boxing pads and gloves out to the car park after a class on Thursday night between 8.45 and 9pm.

They left the equipment, worth around £300, unattended for a few moments while they went back into the club but when they returned it had vanished.

Choi Kwang Do expert, Steve Haylett, 35, who runs the 50-member club, said: "Everyone is gutted. I can't put in to words how I feel.

"The pads are really important to us and I had only just bought some of the bags that day, so they were brand new.

"The people who did this are gutless low-life scum. They are cowards. They must be very stupid or very brave because we could have walked out at any second. If we had looked through the window we would have seen them but unfortunately we didn't.

"The kids who helped carry it out feel partly responsible for it. It will really affect the club and we'll have to raise money to buy more, otherwise the children will have to go without.

"It could have been an opportunist or just kids who took it to go and play with on the playing fields. There have been some teenagers hanging around over the past few weeks.

"Whoever it was did it right under our noses.

"I just really hope that someone knows where it is. There is a garage nearby and we are hoping that there is some CCTV footage of whoever stole it."

The club is the only one in Bromley which offers families the chance to learn self defence together, with members ranging from aged five to 69.

A Bromley police spokesman said: "The theft was reported and we are investigating it."

Anyone with information should contact police on 01689 891 212 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

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