Summerhill golf club owners feel 'under siege' after vandalism

Published date: 10 July 2014 |
Published by: Garth ApThomas 
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HOOLIGANS set a golf course green on fire.

The arson at Moss Valley Golf Club, Summerhill, was part of ongoing anti-social behaviour at the course.

The club’s joint proprietor, Maria O’Brien, said there have been 22 acts of vandalism in the past year.

She revealed the situation was getting so bad it was like being constantly under siege and the club had suffered 12 months of hell.

Mrs O’Brien, 53, said since May last year there has been paint being thrown on the course and motorcyclists have been cutting up turf with their tyres.

She also told the Leader the clubhouse almost went up after flames from a bin blaze at the rear of the building came close to spreading, as well as the green being torched.

Police have urged golfers or other potential witnesses to get in touch and help catch the perpetrators.

“We feel like we are under siege and are constantly worried about what is going to happen next,” said Mrs O’Brien.

“It is heartbreaking because with the golf club we are trying to keep a facility open that is good for the community.”

Mrs O’Brien has been running the golf club with husband Kevin and their business partner Richard Thomas for three years.

“There have been incidents of vandalism in the past, but nothing like on this scale,” she added.

“It has been going on really badly since May last year.

“I don’t know why, there is no sense for it. This is totally idiotic behaviour.”

Mrs O’Brien said the arson attack on the green happened in February.

“Petrol was thrown down and then set alight. The damage was so bad the green was off limits for two months,” she added.

“It is playable now but there is still a large patch on it where the fire was.”

Mrs O’Brien said other incidents of vandalism have included locks being glued and paint being thrown on clubhouse shutters.

She said the club is leased from Wrexham Council and talks had taken place over the possibility of CCTV cameras being installed in a bid to tackle the vandals.

A spokesman for Wrexham Council said: “We are more than happy to provide advice and support to this club.”

Insp Jackie Downes, of North Wales Police, said; “We take vandalism and anti-social behaviour very seriously. I understand Mrs O’Brien’s frustration that some people are prepared to damage facilities provided for the whole community.

“The area is patrolled regularly, but we also need the public to come forward with information to bring these criminals to justice.

“Please call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 if you have any information about who is carrying out these offences.”

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