Police warning over ‘dangerous’ game in Welham Green

PUBLISHED: 15:35 16 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:08 16 April 2018

Bulls Lane in Welham Green. Picture credit: Google Street View.

Bulls Lane in Welham Green. Picture credit: Google Street View.

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Police were called out to a group of men risking their lives to play a ball game on a 60mph road in Welham Green.

Police were called at 2.30pm on Sunday, April 15, to reports of a group of men playing Irish Bowls in the road in Bulls Lane, Welham Green, which was causing an obstruction to traffic.

Officers attended and a man was reported for the offence of obstructing the highway.

The aim of the game, which can last for several hours and involve 40 people, is to throw a metal ball along a winding road in as few throws as possible.

Sergeant Stephen Hynes said: “Last year, we had numerous complaints of large numbers of people playing Bowls in the lanes around Welham Green.

“We are doing all we can to prevent crime, injury, road collisons or worse.

“Blocking the lanes and roads in this way is dangerous and illegal.

“This is no game.”

A police spokeswoman said: “Anyone with information about this type of game being played in Welham Green or anywhere within the county is asked to report it via the non-emergency number 101, or report information online at www.herts.police.uk/report.”

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