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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

Vandals hit memorial at West Cumbrian golf club

Members of Maryport Golf Club have been left devastated after vandals caused damage in excess of £5,000 to a memorial for the club’s past captain and equipment.

Police have launched an investigation into criminal damage after they were called to the club on Tuesday morning by Mike Robertson, the club’s head greenkeeper.

Mr Robertson discovered damage to bins, flags, rakes, a wooden bench, ball washes and tee plates.

He also found damage to a memorial which had been erected on the course a few months ago for past captain Clive Johnston.

The sundial, which is mounted on a sandstone plinth, had been kicked off.

It took members hours to clean up the damage.

Colin Vaughan, greens chairman, said: “We were absolutely devastated. It’s a case of mindless vandalism and people spoiling other people’s pleasures.

“It will probably take us months to replace the equipment.

“Some of the ball washes were concreted into the green so it would have had to have been someone strong who did this.

“This has always been an immaculate course which is down to the dedication of our green keeper, and we don’t want this incident to have a knock on effect on people who use the course.”

Police believe the incident occurred overnight on Monday.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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