Bowls club hit by arson attack

Bowls Club High Street Old Town'Damaged by Fire'PA1114-4a'James Ash (Treas)
Bowls Club High Street Old Town'Damaged by Fire'PA1114-4a'James Ash (Treas)

ON THE eve of the new bowls season, one local club has been rocked by an arson attack at its pavilion.

A fire at Westgate Bowls Club in Old Town has caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage and left members without electricity and kitchen facilities for the first matches of the year.

The blaze was started some time between 6am and 8am on Sunday, and emergency services were alerted by a woman who lives in the nearby Avenue complex.

Police have been called in to investigate and a spokesman said: “The roof of the club was set alight. The fire brigade extinguished the fire. The roof and facias were damaged.

“Anyone with any information about the incident should contact police on 0845 6060 222 quoting log 221 of April 3.”

A spokesman from Humberside Fire and Rescue service said: “The fire service was contacted at 7.51am, and a crew arrived at 7.56am. The crew were hindered as park gates were locked, so used cutters to break the lock and get in to tend to the pavilion, which was alight.

“Police were called as it was believed the fire was started deliberately.”

League matches began the following day and so far none of the fixtures have had to be postponed.

But players are having to take their own food and drinks, because members are unable to get into the kitchen.