A PUB has proven a match-winner after it stepped forward to assist hundreds of people using Barry Rugby Football Club.

The Colcot Arms has presented the club with some picnic tables to use at the club.

The Barry & District News last week reported how brazen thieves had left rugby volunteers disheartened after raiding the newly created children’s playground at the Merthyr Dyfan Road ground.

Two 35kg picnic table benches were hauled over a six foot railed fence during the early hours of Tuesday, May 27 and a metal dustbin removed the following day.

It had taken volunteers six days to create the facility which had been made possible through a £5,000 grant.

Club ladies team – the Bombettes – had donated the wooden benches.

Colcot Arms manager, Vicky Hocking – a friend of ladies team manager Rachel Baron, said: “It’s disgusting. It’s the community trying to build a facility for the kids. There’s no need for it.

“I’m a Colcot girl and my friends are Colcot people and the community was going to use it. What kind of person steals from children and the volunteers when they are doing something nice for the community.”

Chairman of the mini and junior section of Barry RFC, Peter Griffiths, thanked Vicky and said: “It’s nice to know there are good people in Barry.”

Anyone, with any information as to the whereabouts of the club’s benches and bin or who took them, should call Barry police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Alternatively, call Barry Rugby Club from 7pm to 11.30pm, seven days a week.