Maddiston golf centre believes Braes blaze was deliberately set

Fire crews battled a blaze at Braes Golf Centre in Maddiston which the owners of the facility say was started deliberately.

By James Trimble
Friday, 22nd April 2022, 5:08 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd April 2022, 5:30 pm

The incident happened at the nine-hole course in Manuel Riggs at around 10pm on Thursday, April 21 and reportedly saw four fire appliances in attendance.

Police are now investigating the matter as a wilful fire raising incident.

Commenting on its Facebook page, a Braes Golf Centre spokeperson said: “We are very disappointed at having to post this, but unfortunately someone intentionally set fire to the rolls of astroturf on the course at around 10pm last night.

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“The actions taken by the individual/individuals were thoughtless and reckless and as a result we are left with a hefty cost to remove and repair the damage.”

The centre stated it was going to organise a charity golfing day in the future as a thank you to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS).

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We are looking for information regarding a fire raising at Braes Golf Centre, Maddiston which occurred on the evening of the Thursday, April 21 between 9pm and 10.40pm and caused extensive damage to artificial sports turf.

“PC Boyle of the local community team has asked anyone with information come forward in an effort to identify those responsible. Incidents such as this impact upon local businesses and facilities along with requiring the support and assistance of our partners at Scottish Fire and Rescue.”

If you have any information please contact Police on 101 and quote reference number PS-20220421-3765.