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DEFACED: Rickmansworth Bowls Club vandalised by group of boys

 Published on: 22nd November 2023   |   By: Sophia Sheera   |   Category: Uncategorized

Police are investigating an incident at Rickmansworth Bowls Club after it was allegedly vandalised by a group of boys on October 28.

According to bowls club committee member Steven Daniels, CCTV shows the boys taking a hose from Sustainable Three River’s nearby community garden and dragging it over to the bowling green.

Steven said: “After hosing it down, they got on their bikes and started skidding across the grass, leaving print-marks across the whole area.

“The damage caused is going to cost the council, which owns the green, and the club itself a lot of money to fix.

“There are plenty of places around to ride bikes that are not on bowls greens.”

This year, the bowls club has also faced serious damage caused by wild animals.

Steven added: “We’ve been battling a family of foxes who dig holes and leave the green unplayable.

“The council wants to sell the lease to the bowl’s club because of all these maintenance costs. I estimate that those costs reach around £8,000 a year, which the club can’t support alone.

“People think that bowls is an old people’s sport and that it doesn’t matter. But for the 60 or so members of the club, bowls is an important social activity and a chance to do some physical exercise.

“If this carries on, there will be no bowls club to speak of.”

Police have confirmed that enquiries are ongoing.

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