Police will step up patrols at a Stanley golf club following a string of anti-social behaviour (ASB) reports.
Officers from Durham Constabulary will patrol South Moor Golf Club using a golf buggy badged up with the Durham Constabulary logo in a bid to deter reports of ASB.
Acting Sergeant Gary Smith from Stanley neighbourhood team, said:
“Following an increased number of incidents relating to anti-social behaviour at the club in the past two weeks, as well as other incidents which we believe to have gone unreported, we will be stepping up our patrols.
“We want to support the club during the international tournament held there this week and plan to focus our efforts throughout the six week holidays.
“We aim to reduce the number of calls at this location and improve community confidence.”
Youngsters from across the world have descended on the club this week as the 2018 North of England Under 14s Junior Open Strokeplay Championships commence.
Sgt Smith continued:
“We want to make it enjoyable for all the young people and tourists visiting our town and not let the minority spoil it for the majority.”
Police have received reports of youngsters ‘causing a nuisance’, damaging the greens and stealing equipment – at significant cost to the club.
Sgt Smith added:
“We’d also like to remind walkers and dog owners to stick to the track when walking through the golf course as this is also causing the club issues.”