Tyneside golf clubs urged to be vigilant following extraordinary attacks

By Alistair February 1, 2015 05:56 Updated

Police are urging all golf clubs in Tyneside to be extra vigilant after a series of at least five major robberies in just the last three weeks.

At least two golf clubs have been attacked by organised criminals, who have entered premises through roofs, drilled locks out through roller shutters, picked locks and disabled alarms.

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The thieves have targeted greenkeeping equipment at Boldon Golf Club and Whitburn Golf Club, and there are unconfirmed reports that two other nearby golf clubs were also attacked.

Chris Brown, manager of Boldon Golf Club, said: “In total, we’ve had more than £40,000 worth of equipment stolen from our sheds.

“Thieves have entered by coming in through the roof. They’ve known exactly what they want.

“This has been a devastating blow for both of the clubs. We are a not-for-profit organisation, any little bit of cash we make goes straight back into the club.

“While we are insured for the items, our premiums will be going up, and it’s going to be our members who end up suffering.

“I urge anyone who knows anything, or who has been offered these items to go to the police. ”

The first theft happened on January 11 or 12 at Whitburn Golf Club. Thieves forced their way in and stole a Husqvarna strimmer, a Flymo and Allan lawn mower, a generator, a compressor, a Dell laptop, a Stihl saw, a battery booster, a Dori scarifier and a Spalding socket set. A second break-in happened at a large shed at Boldon Golf Club, between January 18 and 19.

Again, entry was forced and thieves stole four strimmers, two rotavators, two generators, a large water pump, reciprocator, three squeegees, a heater, diesel fuel, a water pump and a diesel tank gauge.

The third also occurred at a shed at Boldon and happened on January 19 when a leaf blower was taken.

The fourth incident, an attempted burglary, happened at a work shed at Whitburn’s course between January 21 and 22.

Another theft happened on January 22 at an outhouse at Boldon, when offenders stole an Alto steam cleaner, a drill and an angle grinder.

Chris Brown said there were reports of another attempted burglary at Whitburn Golf Club on January 28.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone who was in the relevant areas when these offences took place and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact them.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who may be offered these items for sale, to contact police.”


By Alistair February 1, 2015 05:56 Updated

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