PRIVATE members clubs in West Lothian are being targeted by criminals, with police appealing for information after a number of recent break-ins and attempted break-ins.
Officers were called out to the East Calder bowling club 1.30am this morning after reports of an alarm being set off at the premises, and after speaking with staff established that an attempt had been made to force the door.
It followed a suspicious incident at this venue reported on Tuesday at around 9.30pm when two men were seen loitering in the area before making off. It was then discovered that alarm sensors around the door had been removed.
Officers in West Calder were then called to the Loganlea Miner’s Welfare Club on Loganlea Road at around 2.20am this morning after a break-in.
Two gaming machines from inside the venue had been badly damaged and a three-figure sum of money was stolen along with a collection tin from behind the bar.
Thirty minutes later, local officers in Whitburn received a call relating to an attempted break-in at the Bowling Club on West Main Street. Once again, the attempt was unsuccessful.
Police said they were now investigating whether the incidents were linked.
Chief Inspector Paul Cameron said: “These premises exist for the benefit of the local communities they serve and often generate income for local charities. It is entirely unacceptable that they have been targeted.
“We are currently conducting various enquiries within West Lothian to determine whether the same individuals are responsible for all of these offences.
“Anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity around these clubs or who has information relevant to this investigation should contact Police immediately.”
Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the Charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.