Break in sparks call for bowls clubhouse

Ivan Hale at the scene of the incident in Ashton Gardens, St Annes.
Ivan Hale at the scene of the incident in Ashton Gardens, St Annes.
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A BOWLING club fears for its future after an attack on its clubhouse.

Members of the St George’s Club at Ashton Gardens, St Annes, are calling for better facilities after the building they used for storage and shelter was broken into.

The door was smashed and the lock forced by vandals and equipment strewn across the green leaving the club with hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

The break-in comes as little surprise to president Ivan Hale who believes the “shelter” is inadequate and will be a target again.

He has been campaigning for a new facility since the loss of the room they used in the original pavilion, which was demolished in 2009 as part of the park’s £2m makeover.

Ivan, 73, said: “It is little more than a shed where we store coffee mugs and bowling mats, it’s too small to call a clubhouse but it’s all we have. I’m worried this will just keep on happening and would like a proper room in a secure building like we had before the old one was demolished.”

Fylde Council, which owns the park, has no plans for new facilities but confirmed its staff went out on Friday night to secure the pavilion.

A spokesman said: “We decry this anti-social behaviour and responded immediately to secure the building. We would urge anyone who sees suspicious activity to report it immediately.”

Police believe the break in occurred between 6.30pm and 8pm on Friday, February 8. Officers have stepped up their surveillance after a number of incidents of vandalism have been reported.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101.

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