Help police tackle the yobs who have plagued Halifax bowling club

Police and other agencies going round residents to ask what they think should be done to improve area around Wellesley Park Bowling Club.
Police and other agencies going round residents to ask what they think should be done to improve area around Wellesley Park Bowling Club.

POLICE are asking for the public’s help to tackle yobs who plagued a bowling club.

Officers from Halifax North and East neighbourhood policing team say they want to hear from people living near Wellesley Park Bowling Club in Halifax to stop the anti-social behaviour that has been hitting the area.

They plan to try to divert the youths causing problems into more constructive activities.

The Courier reported last month how the bowling club was withdrawing its evening teams from the league after years of vandalism and abuse at their green.

Member John Stewart, 49, said illnesses and difficulty attracting new players had left the club with no other choice.

The club’s male veterans team which had kept going have also now stopped competing. They will now only play internal competitions.

Acting Inspector Dionne Stratford, from Halifax north and east neighbourhood policing team, said: “We are aware of the concerns around anti-social behaviour at the Wellesley Park Bowling Club and, along with our partners in the Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative, Halifax Central Initiative, Halifax High Parents Council and Community Association and the council, we continue to speak to the club about their concerns which we take very seriously.”

The team say they have been carrying out extra patrols and speaking to youngsters about other activities they could get involved in, such as transforming the disused tennis courts next to the bowling green.

Acting Inspector Stratford said: “We are keen to hear from local people about their concerns, how they feel the area can be improved and we will be telling them what they can do to help.

“We will also be gathering intelligence about any persistent offenders.”

To contact the team, call 101 or email calderdale.npt@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.

The Courier first reported on problems at the club in 2007, when vandals tore down fencing and damaged the pavilion doors.

Since then, players - many of them elderly - have been harassed by yobs who have regularly invaded the green, shouted abuse and stolen balls.