Sunday 19 November 2017

Bowling alley vandalised and robbed 'for fourth time in 12 months'

A picture from the incident. Pics via Facebook
A picture from the incident. Pics via Facebook
Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

A bowling club in Belfast have suffered their fourth break-in in the last 12 months, costing the club “thousands of pounds’ worth” of damage when the club was vandalised.

An individual carrying what appeared to be a knife and hammer broke into Cliftonville Bowling Club shortly after 7am this morning, stealing alcohol and smashing equipment.

The person was caught on CCTV footage, but was wearing a jacket with the hood obscuring most of their face.

According to the Director of the club, the person entered through the Solitude football stadium, home to Cliftonville FC, next to the bowling club.

“We’ve approached Solitude three or four times to tell them the robbers are gaining access through the football ground,” Kevin, the Director, told

“Each time they’ve said they’ll address it, but nothing has been done. We are considering sending a solicitor’s letter if this is not addressed.”

The incident has been reported to the PSNI, who managed to secure a conviction for the person responsible for the last break-in four months ago.

The alarm system should have alerted the security company and the PSNI after the burglar entered, but the system may have failed this morning.

“Thankfully no-on was harmed today and we hope no-one will be next time. Unfortunately it seems there will be a next time if the security problems at Solitude are not addressed,” the Director told

Solitude and the PSNI have been contacted for comment.

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