Romford golf course broken into seven times in nine weeks

The manager of a golf course that has been targeted seven times in just nine weeks by thieves has vowed to continue trading despite the losses.

Andrew Price from Risebridge Golf Course says that he is determined the crooks will not stop him making the golf course in Risebridge Chase, Romford a success.

Andrew said: “It is very heartbreaking becase I have been trying to get the golf club back to some form of normality but they are just continously targetting it.

“But we are just determined that we are going to carry on and keeping working to make it a better place.”

In the latest incident the golf course was broken into on New Year’s Eve with thieves taking the club’s coffee machines, tea bags and sweets, and causing �3,000 worth of damage.

It came just a week after the club was broken into overnight on Wednesday December 21 and Thursday December 22 with thieves making off with �300’s worth of cash and �100’s worth of confectionary.

On all the previous occasions, the thieves gained entry into the club by breaking down a wall, costing �200 to �300 to fix each time.

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Andrew said: “It is such an inconvenience.

“The thieves are not getting off with anything much but it is the mess they are making and everytime we are having to fork out.”

Andrew took over the management of the golf club in November after the previous company that the ran the club went into administration.

Since then Andrew and the other golf club members have formed a new management team who have a license to trade until the end of this month.

They also have a meeting with Havering Council later this month to discuss the future of the club.

Some of their plans for the club include holding more community days, putting 70 per cent of the profits back into the club and the encouraging more community groups to use their facilities.

Andrew said: “We really want to open the club out to everybody.

“For the last five years there has been very little investiment in the club, but we want to turn things around.”

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