Police praised after equipment stolen from Haverhill Golf Club is recovered

Golf clubs have been recovered after police searched a garage in Saffron Walden. Picture: ESSEX POLI

Golf clubs have been recovered after police searched a garage in Saffron Walden. Picture: ESSEX POLICE - Credit: Archant

The professional of a Suffolk golf club has praised the police after a number of items stolen in two burglaries were recovered.

A number of items were recovered after the burglaries at Haverhill Golf Club. Picture: ESSEX POLIC

A number of items were recovered after the burglaries at Haverhill Golf Club. Picture: ESSEX POLIC - Credit: Archant

The pro shop at Haverhill Golf Club, in Coupals Road, was broken into twice on consecutive days – January 16 and 17 – and four men made off with golfing equipment, including clubs, worth a five-figure sum.

The recovered items were discovered at a garage in Railey Road, Saffron Walden, after PCSO James Graham had been called to investigate a possible stolen vehicle in the garages area.

Two people made off as the officer got to the area and when the garage was searched, a large number of golfing items were found.

A stolen white Citroen Nemo van was found while a white Audi A5 was also seized.

Officers then executed a warrant at a house in Railey Road, which led to a number of items of sportswear being seized.


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An owner of some of the recovered golf clubs has been found and has been reunited with them.

Paul Wilby, golf pro at the club, said: “The police have been absolutely amazing and I’m very pleased.

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“Of course it’s only a small portion of what was stolen but if this is a catalyst for recovering more goods then that is the way I want it to go.

“I want my stuff back, I don’t want to be claiming.”

Chief Inspector Craig Carrington, district commander for Uttlesford and Braintree, said: “PCSO Graham was on patrol in Saffron Walden and able to respond quickly.

“As a result, we have managed to reunite not only valuable but also sentimental golf clubs back to the rightful owner.

“Investigation work is ongoing and we will be looking to secure arrests in the near future.

“PCSO Graham is funded by Uttlesford District Council who we continue to work together with to make local communities safe. This is an excellent example of partnership in action.”

The owner of the golf clubs, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “I am thrilled the police have managed to get back a number of our stolen golf clubs. I would like to thank them for their efforts.”

Enquiries into the burglaries at the golf club are continuing.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101, quoting the crime reference number 42/7485/18.

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