A SHELTER for spectators at a bowling green is believed to have been set alight deliberately. 

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service were called to the fire at St Asaph Bowling Green on Saturday, November 4.

The "foolish vandalism" was carried out in broad daylight. 

A spokesperson for the fire service said: "We were called at 3.50pm to a fire involving a wooden shelter for spectators.

Denbighshire Free Press: Wooden shelter at St Asaph Bowling Green in flamesWooden shelter at St Asaph Bowling Green in flames (Image: Aaran Lennox)

"Two crews used two hose reel jets and a thermal imaging camera to extinguish the fire.

"The fire was thought to be started deliberately."

Cllr Colin Hardie, mayor of St Asaph, said: "It's extremely disappointing to learn that, once against the bowling club has been the subject of foolish vandalism. Luckily, on this occasion the clubhouse itself has escaped with no fire damage but two viewing shelters were completely destroyed and also no one was injured

"The club members, with the backing of the city council, work extremely hard to maintain this facility so that it is reputed to be one of the best in North Wales, the members must be totally devastated.

"St Asaph is generally accepted as being a friendly and safe community but occasionally this is spoilt by a small number of mindless individuals who have to damage or destroy things that do not belong to them without realising that, in the long term, it is they or their family who have to pay for the repair or replacement."

Denbighshire Free Press: The viewing shelter was destroyedThe viewing shelter was destroyed (Image: Aaran Lennox)
Cllr Peter Scott, deputy mayor, said: "It's very disappointing that someone has decided to set fire to assets at the bowling club again. I believe the fire destroyed a viewing shelter that was donated by the chairman of the club.

"Luckily the clubhouse remained intact which is a small mercy at least."