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Arrests after golf club brawl

PUBLISHED: 12:02 13 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:52 12 August 2010

THREE golfers were arrested following large brawl with armed youths who allegedly tried to steal their equipment. The ruckus erupted on Sundridge Park

THREE golfers were arrested following large brawl with armed youths who allegedly tried to steal their equipment.

The ruckus erupted on Sundridge Park golf course in Garden Road, Bromley, last Sunday (10) as the players were about to tee off at the fourth hole.

Several youths broke into the course at around 5pm armed with wooden planks and a cosh, it is claimed, and began assaulting the golfers.

The players refused to back down and fought back with their clubs, after which it is believed the youths rallied further friends to the course to help them out.

Two teenage boys were hospitalised with head injuries. A 13-year-old was taken to Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and later discharged while a 17-year-old was taken to the Princess Royal University Hospital and later transferred to Kings College Hospital, Camberwell. At the time of going to press he remained in a stable, non-serious condition.

General Manager Robert Walden said: "I was very shocked and not the least bit surprised. These youths break in from time to time, particularly over the summer. They come over the fence, under the fence and make holes in the fence. They play some very nasty tricks. I won't tell you exactly what because it is completely disgusting.

"We are conducting a full inquiry and when that investigation is complete we will decide what happens to the golfers. We take member discipline very seriously."

A police spokesperson said: "Several youths descended on the golf course and started being abusive and threatening to golf players. The youths allegedly tried to steal golf equipment and started assaulting the golfers. The golf players stood their ground and hit youths with golf clubs."

A 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of committing a public order offence and a 53-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm. A 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

A 49-year-old man, a 33-year-old woman and three youths aged 13, 15 and 16 were all arrested on suspicion of affray. All have been bailed pending further enquiries until August 12 except for the 53-year-old man who was bailed until July 17.

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