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Bowls club apologises over rabbit killings

Parks manager Tony Walker, his wife Loraine and assistant parks manager Emma Seymour patrol Carter's Park Bowls Club with Tony's dogs Missy and Colonel.

Parks manager Tony Walker, his wife Loraine and assistant parks manager Emma Seymour patrol Carter's Park Bowls Club with Tony's dogs Missy and Colonel.

A Holbeach sports club is facing the wrath of parish councillors over the killing of rabbits in Carter’s Park without permission.

Councillors reacted with disbelief at a meeting on Monday when they heard claims that someone acting on behalf of Carter’s Park Bowls Club had “slaughtered” a family of rabbits just two days after Christmas.

The bloodbath was reported in the Guardian three weeks ago and councillors voted in favour of writing to the bowls club to advise them that permission should have been sought first.

A letter in reply from the club’s honorary secretary Peter Towers and read out at Monday’s meeting said: “I can confirm that no formal instruction was given for the killing of the two rabbits (and) this action was taken as the result of an informal conversation being misinterpreted.

“The club has always enjoyed a good relationship with the parish council and we apologise if we have caused any distress or embarrassment to the members.

“We have spent over £10,000 in the last three years on maintenance and improvement of the green, so we were naturally concerned when we discovered more than a dozen holes, scrapes and scratches on the newly renovated surface.

“I trust that this explanation and apology will suffice and I assure you that if we have any more problems with pests and vermin, we will be seeking your help and advice in remedying the situation.”

Loraine Walker, whose husband Tony anages Carter’s Park, said in a statement: “I am pleased that the parish council has taken the matter seriously and the bowls club will be reminded of the correct procedures regarding any requests concerning Carter’s Park to prevent such incidents happening in the future.”

Parish councillor Martin Howard said: “In my eyes, the only thing the bowls club is guilty of is not notifying the council of the trouble they were having with the rabbits and then taking it from there.”

 

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