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West Ham offer reward for information after burglars raided Kurt Zouma’s house

Kurt Zouma’s house was burgled on Saturday (Simon Galloway/PA)
Kurt Zouma’s house was burgled on Saturday (Simon Galloway/PA) Kurt Zouma’s house was burgled on Saturday (Simon Galloway/PA)

West Ham have offered a £25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of burglars who raided Kurt Zouma’s home on the eve of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

Zouma and his young family were in the house during the break-in, and he missed the following day’s match against Palace, with his club saying at the time that he was absent for “personal reasons”.

West Ham said the burglars took items of “significant value and of huge personal and sentimental importance to the family.”

Zouma did not feature in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace (Gareth Fuller/PA)
Zouma did not feature in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace (Gareth Fuller/PA) Zouma did not feature in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Hammers joint chairman David Sullivan said: “First and foremost, the thoughts of everyone connected to West Ham United are with Kurt and his family.

“To have someone break into your home is a terrifying experience and I hope this reward will help bring the individuals to justice and prevent others from going through a similar ordeal.”

Last year Zouma was ordered to carry out 180 hours’ community service and banned from keeping cats for five years after kicking and slapping his pet in a disturbing home video posted on Snapchat.