Shocking destruction to Armley golf course greens as 'quad bike riders' cause £25,000 damage

Members of a golf club in Armley have been left disgusted after quad bike riders caused more than £25,000 of damage to greens last weekend.

Monday, 6th December 2021, 4:45 pm
Updated Monday, 6th December 2021, 7:08 pm

Gotts Park Golf Club - based in the rear of Gotts Park - is a community golf club which helps promote health and wellbeing through a number of initiatives.

On Saturday (Dec 4), quad bikers are believed to have accessed the course and ripped up greens while driving across the facility.

Shocking pictures provided to the YEP show the extent of the damage to the course, which will now need to be urgently repaired.

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Welfare Officer for the club, Robert Nicholas Goodman, told the YEP they were looking for CCTV footage to help catch the culprits.

Robert said: "It is estimated to cost the golf club around the £25,000 mark.

"If anyone lives close to the Golf Course and may have useful CCTV footage please send us a private message, it would be hugely appreciated.

"Gotts Park Golf Club is a community golf club, for local hard working people and offers thousands of golfers from all parts of Leeds and Beyond affordable golf, helping promote health and well being.

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"We play an active part in working with local community initiatives.

"One example is our local Men's Mental Health Groups, Men from Bramley and Armley that are getting to try out their golfing skills, in a friendly environment.

"We also host several local community groups and collect annually for local and national charities."

Robert said the initiatives were "under threat" due to the "mindless criminal damage".

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Anyone with information should contact WYP stating crime reference number 13210627970.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: "Police were called at about 1pm on Sunday December 5 to a report quad bikes had caused damage to the greens on Armley Gotts Park Golf Course.

"The offence is believed to have taken place between December 4 and 5.

"Anyone who saw what happened or has information can contact the Leeds West NPT on 101 referencing crime number 13210627970. Information can also be given online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat"

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