Call af­ter Sten­son bur­gled

Southport Visiter - - Nostalgia -

MERSEY­SIDE po­lice de­tec­tives are urg­ing peo­ple to help them catch the bur­glars who broke into the lux­ury home be­ing rented by 2016 Open golf cham­pion Hen­rik Sten­son last Thurs­day.

Raiders struck on a prop­erty on Fresh­field Road in Formby while Sten­son, who lifted the Claret Jug at Royal Troon last year, was play­ing at Royal Birk­dale.

Po­lice were called at around 5pm, but it is be­lieved the house was bur­gled some time be­tween noon and 2.45pm. HE 146th Open golf championship at Royal Birk­dale in Southport has been a re­sound­ing suc­cess, ac­cord­ing to fans.

Huge crowds mean that this year’s Open has been the big­gest ever held in Eng­land, with more than 235,000 peo­ple flood­ing into the course from all over the world, from coun­tries in­clud­ing the US, South Korea, Aus­tralia and Ja­pan.

The eyes of the world have been on Southport for the past week.

The fun has been spread around the town with a spec­tac­u­lar Open golfthemed sculp­ture in front of The Atkin­son, and lots of free themed ac­tiv­i­ties in the Town Hall Gar­dens with the Sum­mer of Golf.

Visiter read­ers have told us what they think of this year’s event – while also send­ing us their pic­tures from Royal Birk­dale.

Stephanie Dag­ger said: “This was my first time at The Open with my lit­tle girl and hus­band! It was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic!

“The staff, se­cu­rity and po­lice were so pro­fes­sional, help­ful and cour­te­ous as were the spec­ta­tors. “What a bril­liant day out. “The fact chil­dren could go for free was a fan­tas­tic idea.”

Ju­lia Vegh said: “Loved my day with my girls on Fri­day.

“It’s so well or­gan­ised and there’s lots to keep the kids en­ter­tained.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to my day there on Sun­day with my hus­band and with­out the kids even more though!”

Jo Garvin said: “Loved it! Well or­gan- ised and safe. The po­lice were friendly and re­as­sur­ing. The ladies toi­lets were dirty and very short of loo pa­per.”

Andy Bate said: “Ab­so­lutely amaz­ing, so much for the kids to do, free en­try for un­der-16s.

“Get­ting to see some of the world’s best golfers up close, and as men­tioned ev­ery­one in­volved so friendly and help­ful.” See his son’s story in panel be­low.

Janet Har­ri­son said: “Had a great day on Fri­day de­spite be­ing drenched. Great at­mos­phere and good ban­ter with the fans. My brother is a golf pro in Italy and been to many Bri­tish opens. Birk­dale by far the best course.”

Liza Small­man said: “It was an amaz­ing event. The no read­mis­sion pol­icy didn’t bother us at all be­cause we were there to watch great golf all day.

“The staff and vol­un­teers were so po­lite and help­ful. An ab­so­lute credit to our town.”

Glenn Wall­worth said: “Great event, only prob­lem was the lack of toi­lets out on the course, plenty of bars but nowhere to get rid of the Stella.”

Nina Katie Aspin­wall said: “We had a fan­tas­tic time! Great to walk around the course fol­low­ing the golfers.”

Golf fans from around the world have also been leav­ing their com­ments on The Open Face­book page.

Phil Ashcroft said that he was im­pressed by this year’s tour­na­ment at­tract­ing the big­gest ever crowd for The

AN­DREW REDINGTON/ GETTY IMAGES

Spec­ta­tors re­lax­ing in front of a big screen Birk­dale’s nat­u­ral dunes of­fered great viewing for spec­ta­tors, seen here at the 8th hole Jor­dan Spi­eth gives Zach a touch of the Claret Jug

Stephanie Dag­ger with daugh­ter Emme, one, and a po­lice of­fi­cer at Royal Birk­dale

Hen­rik Sten­son

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