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Vandals strike again at Shipley bowls club
6:00am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
Spray-painting vandals have struck again at Shipley’s Crowgill Park bowls club by attacking the clubhouse.
On Saturday the T&A reported how the pavilion suffered graffiti less than three hours after it was repainted following an earlier attack. But the next day, even more damage was done.
Member Ken Bedford spotted a gang of five youngsters, including a girl, on the clubhouse landing at about 3pm on Sunday.
“I stayed in my car, wound the window down and asked them leave the area,” said Mr Bedford, 70.
“I then parked up at the top end of the park in Kirkgate and walked down the path, hidden by the trees and saw one of the boys doing the painting. I shouted at them and they then left the park.” He called the police, who he said arrived promptly, but the culprits had vanished.
“It’s just terrible what they’re doing because it’s damage after damage and has made for trouble all year. I hope the police can catch them and can put an ASBO on them to keep them well away,” Mr Bedford said.
Club secretary Albert Cross said the damage had left a sour taste at the end of a great season.
“We’ve had a really lovely summer and the club is thriving, that’s the annoying part of all this.
“This feral pack of youngsters are just spoiling things and there should be co-ordinated action against them. They’re not little children,” said Mr Cross.
He said the club, which has more than 70 members, was looking forward to its centenary in 2017.
“The park itself opened in 1914 and the bowls club was started in 1917 and has never closed,” Mr Cross said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers on (0800) 555111 or Shipley NPT on 101.
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