Police warn against playing ‘Irish bowls’ in Welham Green

PUBLISHED: 12:30 16 November 2017

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

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


Police have today warned people against playing “Irish bowls” in Welham Green’s country lanes.

The game lasts hours and involves around 40 people, and the aim is to throw a metal ball along a winding road in as few throws as possible.

For the past two years some residents have been playing along the length of Bulls Lane in Welham Green.

Welwyn Hatfield South’s Safer Neighbourhood Team Sergeant Steve Hynes said: “The stretch of road where this game is played in Welham Green is open to motorists and pedestrians.

“The speed limit on the road is 60mph and motorists using it can turn a corner and find a group of 30 to 40 people playing this game on the road in front of them.

“This is not only highly dangerous for the players and the motorists, but it is an offence under Section 161 of the Highways Act and those involved could face prosecution.

“We have warned those playing a number of times and will now take further action if the game continues.

“I would urge the public to help us put a stop to this dangerous pastime by reporting to us when they witness it happening.”

Anyone with information can contact officers via non-emergency number 101.

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