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Golfers teed off over memorial bench theft

PUBLISHED: 18:14 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:27 12 August 2010

A TEAM of elderly golfers were left broken-hearted after thieves stole a bench dedicated to past members. A sledgehammer was thought to have been used to smash concrete holding down an Akoko wood bench on Bromley Golf Course, in Magpie Hall Lane. The

A TEAM of elderly golfers were left "broken-hearted" after thieves stole a bench dedicated to past members.

A sledgehammer was thought to have been used to smash concrete holding down an Akoko wood bench on Bromley Golf Course, in Magpie Hall Lane.

The £750 bench was paid for by more than 50 members of Bromley Senior Golfers who used to raise a glass at the bench at Christmas to remember members who had passed away.

Team Captain John Gardner, 67, of The Marlowes, Crayford, said: "In a million years it would never have occurred to me that someone would steal a memorial bench.

"A lot of the members are sick about it, especially when you're talking about pensioners who have clubbed together to pay for something to last.

"It's broken their hearts."

The bench feature an engraving "In memory of past Bromley Senior Golfers" before it was stolen on the weekend of May 17.

Course manager Mary Garner said: "They're really cut up over this.

"They just can't believe that the thief could actually be someone who plays golf here."

Contact Bromley police with information on 01689 891 212.

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