Social media abuzz after broom-snapper strikes in Eyam

One of the broken brooms.

One of the broken brooms.

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Social media is abuzz after a broom-snapper struck in a picturesque Derbyshire village.

As revealed this morning, criminals damaged a storage container and broke two brooms in Eyam – sparking a police hunt.

The witness appeal has been viewed several thousands of times on Johnston Press news websites and attracted much interest on social media.

On Facebook, Simon Crossett commented: “I believe the police are sweeping the area for clues.”

Joanna Carter said: “Whoever is doing this should expect a brush with the law soon.”

Jessica Richards said: “So this is how police time is being spent? Brilliant.”

The broom-snapper operating in Eyam targeted this container.

The broom-snapper operating in Eyam targeted this container.

Christine Mutton said: “If this is the worst type of crime to happen in Eyam then I’m moving to Eyam.”

Kev B-kj added: “Look after your broom...”

The news was even tweeted by Ben Cubby, deputy editor of The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia.

Others were amused that I, Michael Broomhead, had broken the news. Despite speculation, I didn’t break the brooms. They weren’t related to me, either.

As well as breaking the two brooms, the offenders damaged the cricket club's storage conatiner.

As well as breaking the two brooms, the offenders damaged the cricket club's storage conatiner.

Tracy Skill said on Facebook: “It’s still criminal damage regardless of what was broken.”

The crime happened at Eyam Cricket Pavilion sometime between 9pm last Sunday and 9am the following day.

Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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