Vandals set serious handicap at Montrose Golf Links

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Montrose Links has been plagued by vandals who have stolen equipment and started fires.

On Saturday, April 1, a significant number of the Links fixtures and fittings were stolen, including six flags and flag sticks from the Broomfield Course; two tee markers; 10 bunker rakes; and one lazer-cut tee marker.

Following that on the evening of Wednesday, April 5, a fire was started amongst gorse bushes which required the attendance of Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS) and Police Scotland.

SFRS Angus Station Manager Graeme Hay said: “During the holiday season and especially when there is dry weather, we can unfortunately see an increase in the number of deliberate fires.

“This illegal activity is not only reckless and dangerous but can divert SFRS resources away from genuine emergencies.

“However, through robust and flexible strategic planning, our crews are always ready to respond to any incident to keep our communities safe.

“But it’s important people understand the potential consequences of this dangerous behaviour.

“Fires not only put lives at risk but they can devastate homes, affect businesses and damage the local environment.

“We will continue to work very closely with all of our partners in communities across Scotland to reduce deliberate fire raising.”

Anyone with information about deliberate fire-raising should contact the free and confidential Crimestoppers helpline on 0800 555 111.

Fire setting is an offence – don’t accept it, report it.

For more information on staying safe outdoors visit http://www.firescotland.gov.uk/your-safety/spring-safety.aspx