East Lancashire Railway victim of yet another vandalism attack

East Lancashire Railway
Three teens charged over ELR vandalism causing £30k damage
Published Fri, 2017-07-28 15:09

Vandals have gone on a rampage at the East Lancashire Railway over the last week, covering engines and trains with paint and smashing windows, with damage estimated at £30,000.

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The incidents occurred in Bury between July 20-25 where 40 carriage windows were smashed and paint was thrown over a diesel engine. The youths forced entry onto the trains, damaging the doors and also ransacked the 'cafe carriage' at Bury Transport Museum.

The incident was reported to Greater Manchester Police who launched an investigation, which has led to the arrest of a 13-year-old boy and two girls aged 13 and 14 who have been charged with criminal damage. The trio who have been charged and bailed are due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court on Wednesday, August 16.

Staff and volunteers at the railway are shocked and devastated by the senseless damage caused. The railway is a registered charity which is run predominantly on the goodwill of volunteers and supporters, making these attacks even more upsetting to their community.

The ELR is the second most popular paid visitor attraction in Greater Manchester, boasting around 200,000 visiting guests each year.

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