Vandals have caused over £80,000 worth of damage to rolling stock and offices at Great Central Railway in Ruddington.
A spokesperson for GCR said:
‘Over the last six to eight weeks at our main site in Ruddington, we have been subjected to an ongoing and concerted spate of theft and vandalism attacks involving multiple break-ins to vehicles and buildings and deliberate damage on a large scale.
‘Last night – Monday 29th April, we were subjected to yet another attack. This time causing damage at first estimates to be in the region of £80,000 to multiple Heritage Rail Vehicles.’
‘At around 5:45pm last night, six teenage boys entered our site and smashed a total of 112 windows on various items of coaching stock and two Diesel Railcars. At least one of the coaches being damaged to the point that is likely to be beyond economic repair and will end up being scrapped.’
‘We are appealing for information on the culprits who were disturbed and made off from site at around 6:15pm and after being given chase by the police, were unfortunately lost sight of somewhere within the Mere Way Business Park.’
‘We are requesting information on six teenagers aged between 14 to 16. Wearing black and grey tracksuit/hooded tops and one carrying a distinctive red satchel/shoulder type bag. There is a reward offered for information leading to successful arrest and conviction of the persons involved.’
As an entirely volunteer-based museum and visitor attraction with no paid staff and no external funding, not only is this heartbreaking for all those volunteers who have put their time, effort and money into the various projects here at Ruddington, this is damage that we can ill afford to repair and in the case of at least one vehicle and maybe more when a full inspection is complete, certainly cannot afford to replace.
If you have any information that may assist the ongoing enquiries, please contact Nottinghamshire Police quoting Incident Number: 765-29042019 or contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or 0115 9405705.