Golf buggy 'arson' sparks investigation

This latest incident comes after the Stanley Park Golf course was targeted in a series of thefts over the past few months.
This latest incident comes after the Stanley Park Golf course was targeted in a series of thefts over the past few months.
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An investigation has been launched after a stolen golf buggy was set on fire at a golf course, say fire services.

This latest incident comes after the Stanley Park Golf course was targeted in a series of thefts over the past few months, say bosses at the club.

This latest incident comes after the Stanley Park Golf course was targeted in a series of thefts over the past few months.

This latest incident comes after the Stanley Park Golf course was targeted in a series of thefts over the past few months.

Players are now having to do without buggies as the fire destroyed the club's only remaining golf buggy.

Crews from Blackpool attended the North Park Drive incident at around 7pm on June 19 and found the golf buggy 'well alight'.

A spokesman for the fire service said: "It appears the golf buggy had been stolen from the club house a few days prior to the incident.

"We suspect that the fire was started deliberately. We used a hose-reel jet to extinguish the fire."

Bosses at the golf course have expressed their frustration at the latest incident.

Manager of Stanley Park Golf course, Sharon Brookes, said: "We currently don't have any golf buggies in use after all four were stolen and damaged in a series of thefts.

"This particular buggy was abandoned and set on fire in a ditch at the third hole

"We were arranging to get it pulled out when someone came along and set it on fire.

"We've been having a lot of trouble with youngsters getting up to mischief in this area.

"They are just spoiling people's fun. We have a lot of seniors who rely on the golf buggies and now they can't play.

"Stealing buggies is one thing but setting fire to it in a wooded area could have led to a much more serious incident.

"It's so frustrating. We are a family friendly site who provide lots of opportunities for young people to play. I just don't understand why they do it."

Nobody was injured during the incident.

An investigation is on-going.