Vandals strike historic seafront railway

Volk's Electric Railway, Brighton
Volk's Railway's brand new shed sprayed with graffiti
Published Wed, 2017-12-13 11:57

The historic Volk's Railway on Brighton's seafront has been hit by an act of vandalism, with one of its brand new sheds sprayed with graffiti. 




Volk's Electric Railway, Brighton © Creative Commons Licence

The shed, which has recently been constructed as part of a £1.65m redevelopment project on the railway, suffered spray paint attacks on the front and side of the building. It is thought that the individuals responsible also vandalised locations on Steine Street, the acts all occuring overnight between Monday and Tuesday last week. 

The paint has since been cleared, but local police authorities have issued an appeal for any information regarding the offence.  

The railway's redevelopment work began in Autumn last year as part of grant received by the Heritage Lottery Fund along with money from Brighton and Hove City Council and Volk's Electric Railway Association. 

Volk's Electric Railway is a narrow gauge heritage railway that runs along a length of the seafront of Brighton. It was built by Magnus Volk, the first section being completed in August 1883, and is the oldest operating electric railway in the world.

Sussex Police have expressed concerns for these types of heritage vandalism attacks, stating that these crimes damage and harm the value of Britain' heritage.

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