Spate of thefts rock golf clubs

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham August 25, 2015 11:58

At least three UK golf clubs have suffered robberies in the last few days.

Foxhills Golf Club in Surrey, Ashby Decoy Golf Club in Lincolnshire and Southerndown Golf Club in Wales have all been the victims of attacks this August.


At Foxhills Golf Club 40 sets of golf clubs were stolen following the incident during the early hours of Wednesday, August 19.

The man was caught on CCTV at 2.45am, covering his face with a hooded top and scarf. He appears to have a tattoo or some marking on his left hand.

Surrey Police tweeted the image and have appealed for information.

Humberside Police are also appealing for information after the break-in at Ashby Decoy Golf Club, where £5,000 worth of equipment was stolen and £2,000 worth of damage was caused.

The incident took place between 1.48am and 2.15am on Saturday, August 15.

John Crellin, club manager, said: “It won’t affect the club in any way, but it has caused us a lot of inconvenience, expense and extra work.

“The equipment was all brand new, but it can be replaced.

“It was not owned by anyone – it was all the new stock for sale.

“I would think around about £5,000 worth of equipment was taken in total and they did about £2,000 worth of damage to the roof.

“It was all top of the range, tailor-made clubs.

“I think one of the first things I said was ring around all the local golf clubs and inform them of what has happened.”

Mr Crellin said the club are looking to tighten up security, but admitted “there is not a lot we can do”.

“It is afterwards when the inconvenience comes and I have been ringing the insurance companies,” Mr Crellin added.

A statement from Humberside Police said: “Among the items stolen were a set of eight Ping I series irons and a set of eight Ping G Max irons – both of which have been recently released and are still relatively rare.”

Four Ping G30 woods, two sets of Ping G25 irons, two Ping golf bags, two Titleist drivers, seven Vokey wedges, four Aero Burner Wood drivers, eight Aero Burner Wood fairways, four Aero Burner hybrids, two R15 drivers and assorted golf balls were also taken.

And at Southerndown Golf Club 1,000 golf balls were taken from a ball-dispensing machine at the club on a recent Sunday night.

A spokesman for South Wales Police said officers wanted to speak to people who were in two vehicles seen in the area on the night of the theft.

PC Jamie Williamson said: “Goodness knows what those responsible will do with the balls. They’d struggle to sell them on as each one has ‘stolen from Southerndown Golf Club’ printed on them.

“So the balls are easy to spot – hopefully somebody who has seen them or who knows something about the incident can lead us to whoever was responsible.”


Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham August 25, 2015 11:58
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  1. Terry October 21, 08:25

    He is wearing glove they are a well known brand found on most building site

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  2. Quintin September 2, 14:21

    This intruder looks to me as much if not more like a woman than a man.

    It is not a scarf hiding the nose, it is a zip up cardigan, again a possible feminine pointer.

    The fingers look feminine too and the hand is either tattooed or bearing a transfer. It appears to be a round logo or crest with laurels or oak motif beneath it. Try Redhill football club for starters seeking a female supporter with fair hair having a tattoo on her left hand!

    Hope this helps

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