Cops hunt yobs in ‘puffer jackets’ after Edinburgh golf club burned down

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Police are searching for yobs in ‘puffer jackets’ after an Edinburgh golf club was burnt to the ground last week.

Emergency services raced to the scene when the Swanston Golf Club went up in flames at around 11.45pm on Wednesday, December 30.

Now cops in the capital are hunting for teen culprits who they believe cause the “significant damage” after starting the fire deliberately.

Cops are searching for teens who they believe deliberately started the fire

Police are searching for three male youngsters, between the age of 14-18, who were seen wearing ‘puffer style jackets’ at the time of the blaze.

One of the youths is described as being around 5ft 6in to 5ft 10in tall and of slim build with short dark hair.

He was wearing a waist length ribbed puffer jacket with a hooded top underneath with the hood pulled up, light coloured tracksuit trousers and dark trainers.

Last week Edinburgh golf coach Mike McNally told Edinburgh Live how he has been left ‘devastated’ after the newly-built Swanston academy was burned to the ground.

He said: “Of the four bays we think two might be salvageable, but two are really badly damaged. We’ve also lost all of our coaching equipment. Two big TVs, iPads, cameras, tripods, a launch monitor.

“It’s a really tough one to take. The big blow is for the people who use the area to practice their golf though.

“We as golf coaches have been really lucky throughout the pandemic in that we’ve been able to keep working, with golf still allowed, but this is a big blow to us.”

Detective Constable Ewan Bates of Corstorphine CID said: “This fire has caused considerable damage to the facilities at the golf club and will mean disruption to the services they can provide for some time.

“We would urge anyone who may have seen anyone in the area of the golf club between around 10pm to midnight on Thursday, 30 December to let us know as soon as possible.

“We would urge anyone who may have dashcam footage or private CCTV to review this and pass on anything which may be of use to us.

“You can pass information to Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident 0078 of 31 December, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

The golf course has set up a Go Fund Me page to help fund repairs.


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