Friday, 21 September 2018

Vandals target golf club

VANDALS left a trail of destruction after going on a wrecking spree at a golf course in Wargrave.

VANDALS left a trail of destruction after going on a wrecking spree at a golf course in Wargrave.

They caused damage running into thousands of pounds at Hennerton Golf Club in Crazies Hill Road during Saturday night.

Groundskeeper Paul Fantham found the damage when he arrived for work the next morning.

He discovered the club?s five golf carts had been used to smash into saplings and signs and then dumped around the course.

The buggies are now covered in dents and scratches and some of their wheels are bent.

Zara Bone, the club?s general manager, said: ?They came on to the course during the night. One of our neighbours heard something at about 11.30pm.

?The carts were left scattered across the course. They had used them to drive over a few young trees. They smashed into them. It?s just disrespectful of other people?s property. We?re a small family business.?

Mrs Bone said the buggies had suffered an estimated £6,000 of damage and some were unusable. A new one costs about £4,000. ?The buggies are one of our main sources of income as visitors like to use them,? she said. ?We can lease some more but it?s a crippling loss to us.?

The business was started by her parents Peter and Jaleh Hearn in the Nineties.

Mrs Bone said: ?We have never had anything to this extent happen before. We can only take all the normal precautions and make sure everything is locked up.

?We?re going to get CCTV but things like that cost a lot just for the sake of protecting your assets from mindless vandalism.

?I have lived in the area all my life and we used to leave doors open but now you have to protect the place like Fort Knox.?

The golf club reported the incident to the police on Sunday.

Mrs Bone, who has worked at the club since 2006, said: ?I think other golf clubs, and also farms, around us should be vigilant against similar things happening to them.?

Police confirmed they were investigating and appealed for anyone with information to call 101.

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