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Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch Association tees off new scheme at Buckley and Padeswood Golf Club

A CRIME prevention scheme aimed at reducing thefts from the county’s golf clubs has swung into action.

Golfwatch was conceived earlier this year after a spate of crimes at clubs across Flintshire, and was officially launched on Monday at Padeswood and Buckley Golf Club.

The driving force behind the project was Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch Association, which clubbed together with North Wales Police’s community safety partnership.

Allan Ellis, development worker at Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch Association, said clubs which sign up to the scheme will receive crime prevention information and a marker pen for marking their property.

“The participating clubs also have the benefits of OWL (Online Watch Link) alerts, which help to keep them and their members one step ahead of the opportunist thief,” he added.

Community safety officer PC Hazel Goss said: “Golfwatch is an excellent way of fighting crime and keeping in regular contact with the golf clubs, warning them of potential crimes that may be happening in other areas and across neighbouring borders.”

And community safety Sgt Ian Massie said: “North Wales Police are pleased to be working in partnership with Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch Association on this exciting initiative.

“The aim is to work closely with golf clubs and golfers, providing them with the information, education and materials they need to protect their property.”

Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch Association also runs similar schemes with schools, farms and businesses.

Golf clubs which want to sign up to the scheme should call 01352 708118.

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