Bowling club hit by vandal attacks

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MINDLESS vandals have attacked a Scarborough bowls club ripping up boards and leaving smashed glass strewn across the green.

North Cliff Bowling Club was hit in two separate incidents, with 40 foot of gutter boarding damaged and bottles and rubbish littering the lush crown green turf.

A shed was also reportedly targeted with a door kicked in a senseless attack.

Frustrated members have valiantly striven against the adversity and cleaned up their Alexandra Gardens base to allow matches to go ahead.

And Scarborough police have also vowed to crackdown on the situation and increase patrols of the area.

However, secretary Patrick Germaine said members were becoming somewhat “fed up” with the damage, which normally occurred in the summer.

Mr Germaine, who has played the sport for 25 years, told the Evening News: “The boarding will require quite a lot of repair but should not take too long once we get the right tools for it.

“On the first occasion, members collected two black bin liners full of rubbish and bottles.”

However, Mr Germaine, who has held the role of secretary for the past three years, said the two attacks have left the club’s members disgruntled.

He added: “The members are getting fed up with it because we also have problems with dog walkers not adhering to having their pets on leads.

“The dogs can scratch the grass up and we have sometimes have children playing football on there too.

“If is a wet day that can really churn it up.”

He added that owing to the club’s sheltered position, it was an unfortunate prime spot for people to gather without being detected.

He added: “It is quiet up there and although it is next to the two other greens, it is very sheltered and until you go around the corner and see the actual green you cannot see anything or anyone.”

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police confirmed the force was committed to monitoring the area with greater vigilance.

He added: “The local Safer Neighbourhood Team is aware of issues that have occurred in the area of the North Cliff Bowling Club.

“The team is working to prevent any further incidents and will be carrying out extra high visibility patrols.”