HINTON Football Club is calling on timber thieves to make restitution for their actions after tree trunks destined to be transformed into spectator seating were taken from the their grounds.

The trunks, which had been felled for safety reasons by the club's team of volunteers, were cut up and removed from the Broomy Hill pitch in the last few days.

"We know that people struggle to heat their homes and perhaps need to find money to get through the hardship in their lives," a club spokesperson said.

"Our volunteers had worked hard to fell them to make the ground safer and had a great project lined up to create some natural seating benches for our visitors to use when enjoying the lovely setting of Broomy Hill."

The police have been informed and the club warns that vehicles entering and exiting the site are monitored by CCTV cameras covering the roadway.

Hinton FC is now inviting those responsible for the theft to either provide a monetary donation or to bring their chainsaw on another day and donate their time by supporting the club's existing volunteers in carrying out essential maintenance works.