EXTENSIVE criminal damage was caused to a village hall near Sherborne, following a third burglary of the building.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward following the burglary.

Between 12.30am and 3.30pm on Sunday May 15, Holwell Village Hall in Gunville Road was broken into.

The offenders caused extensive criminal damage throughout the building. The kitchen and its contents were severely damaged and a projector screen was also destroyed.

Sergeant Ryan Corbett, of Dorset Police, said: “This is the third time in three months this village hall has been targeted and we want to identify those responsible for the damage shown in these photographs.

“An investigation is underway into this and we have been carrying out a number of enquiries, including house-to-house visits in the area.

“I am appealing to anyone who saw or heard any suspicious activity around the relevant timeframe to please get in touch.

“Also, I would urge anyone with information about who was responsible to contact Dorset Police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk/contact, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55220077107.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.