Yobs smash model railway exhibition with hammers and destroy £8k trainsMay 20, 2019
MODEL railway buffs wept after yobs wrecked their annual exhibition causing damage estimated at tens of thousands of pounds.
Shock photos show the “total devastation” wreaked on the Market Deeping Model Railway Club after yobs broke into a school hall in the early hours of Saturday.
The vandals broke into a school hall, booted trains, attacked tracks with hammers and dunked a box of carriages into a basket ball net.
One smashed locomotive cost £8,000 alone.
Committee chairman Peter Davies said: “I’m heartbroken. I’ve seen many men in tears.”
Five complete train track layouts which each run up to 30 metres were was trashed.
Another 14 had been due to be set up.
The annual event has been cancelled for the first time in more than 30 years.
I’m heartbroken. I’ve seen many men in tears
He said: “The youngsters were attacking with hammers. They were playing football with model locomotives. We even found a box containing wagons and carriages thrown up in a basketball ring.
“One hammer had been used so hard the handle was broken and the head flown off.
“The devastation was total. It was mindless vandalism.
“Everyone is devastated.”
More than 500 visitors had been expected at the display in Stamford, Lincolnshire.
Well-wishers have set up a Just Giving page to get the Market Deeping Model Railway Club back on its feet.
Police alerted by an alarm arrested four youths who were bailed pending inquiries.
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