Towneley pitch and putt faces huge repair bill after vandals target facility

Vandals have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage after breaking into the cabin at Towneley's pitch and putt course.

Towneley's pitch and putt course re-opened in May
Towneley's pitch and putt course re-opened in May

Callous yobs targeted the facility overnight, causing considerable damage to the cabin before attempting to set fire to the entrance.

Since the pitch and putt course re-opened in May, more than 2,000 people have set foot on the family-friendly course in a safe Covid environment.

Operations manager Wes Kellow said: "It's extremely frustrating. Luckily, nothing of value was taken but there was a lot of damage done.

Thieves broke into the cabin overnight

"Burnley Leisure is a charity and has been hugely impacted financially during Covid-19. Repairing this damage means we are spending money that could have been used elsewhere."

Despite the break-in, the course will be open as normal today with visitors who need to hire any equipment asked to go to the main golf shop. The cabin will re-open tomorrow.

"Golf is probably the one sport that has been booming since lockdown," added Wes. "80 new members have joined the main course, and we've also had 10 juniors sign up since the restart.

"The pitch and putt course serves the community so well. It's been a great way for people to spend time outdoors since lockdown, and is brilliant for golfers who are new to the sport."

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Towneley pitch and putt is open Wednesday to Sunday. The course was fully booked last weekend, and people are currently being asked to pre-book with all paymenst taken via the club shop phone.

Anybody with information on the break-in can contact the police on 101, quoting crime reference number LC-20200821-0439