Van­dal­ism

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Mem­bers of Over­toun Bowl­ing Club were left gut­ted when their greens were tar­geted by van­dals.

The dam­age, which de­stroyed a new elec­tric fence the club had built around the grounds, was de­scribed as “soul-de­stroy­ing” by one mem­ber.

Police have ap­pealed for wit­nesses.

Yobs have wrecked Ov er toun Park bowl­ing club, just weeks be­fore the new sea­son is set to start at the club.

The dam­age, which de­stroyed a new elec­tric fence the club had built around the grounds, was de­scribed as “soulde­stroy­ing” by one mem­ber.

And the de­struc­tion could cre­ate even more prob­lems for the club, as the fence had been put in place to stop foxes get­ting onto the greens and dig­ging them up.

They’ll now be un­able to pre­vent any an­i­mals get­ting in, as they won’t have the time to get the fenc­ing back up be­fore their open­ing day.

Club mem­bers Ed­die Pickett and Al­lan Law dis­cov­ered the dam­age last Fri­day when they went up to the club, on Over­toun Drive, to carry out some main­te­nance on the greens.

Ed­die said: “It’s ter­ri­ble - we had a elec­tric fence around the green and they’ve bro­ken all the wooden posts, smashed up all the se­cu­rity lights and ripped them off the wall.

“It’s just unadul­ter­ated van­dal­ism - the fence cost about £ 500 and it took a cou­ple of days to put into place.

“It’s all vol­un­teers here, so we’re not go­ing to have the time to get an­other fence built.

“It’s soul- de­stroy­ing see­ing it all.

“We were com­ing in to cut the grass and just to do main­te­nances on the greens - we’d pre­vi­ously been in there on the Tues­day and it was all look­ing per­fect.

“It’s not kids who’ve got car­ried away who have done this. This is some­thing that has taken a bit of ef­fort to get as much dam­age done as pos­si­ble.

“It’s like a bomb site and there’s just no point to it, so it’s mind­less vi­o­lence.”

The lack of fenc­ing also means the club could con­tinue to have prob­lems with foxes dam­ag­ing the bowl­ing greens.

Ed­die added: “We won’t be able to do any­thing with the fence, so if the foxes get in they could start dig­ging up the greens again.”

De­spite the dam­age, the club should be able to have its open­ing day as sched­uled on DATE.

PC Laura Tay­lor, of the safer com­mu­ni­ties depart­ment, said: “Com­mu­nity polic­ing of­fi­cers are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses in re­la­tion to a van­dal­ism which oc­curred at Over­toun Park Bowl­ing Club be­tween 4pm on Tues­day, March 29, 2016 and 9am on Fri­day, April 1, 2016. Dam­age was caused to the elec­tric fenc­ing, se­cu­rity lights, CCTV cam­eras, down pipers and the lock to a large stor­age unit. If you ob­served any­one act­ing sus­pi­ciously around the bowl­ing club at these times, please con­tact Ruther­glen Police Of­fice on 101, or anony­mously via Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.”

It’s just unadul­ter­ated van­dal­ism - the fence cost £500 and it took a cou­ple of days to put into place . . . Ed­die Pickett

Way in Alan Law with the dam­aged fence, which was put up to keep foxes off the greens

Lights out Eleanor Lap­pin sur­veys the dam­age to a se­cu­rity cam­era, lights and also to the gut­ter­ing

Dam­age Ed­die Pickett with a bro­ken post

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