Historic coaches vandalised at Buckfastleigh

Criminal Damage to stock and premises
Charity-run South Devon Railway suffers serious vandalism act
Published Thu, 2017-01-26 15:58

A gang of intruders have been caught on CCTV breaking into Buckfastleigh Station, causing what the railway believe to be atleast £5,000 worth of criminal damage.

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Criminal Damage to stock and premises © South Devon Railway

A forced entry was made to the main booking office, and all rooms were then accessed. The intruders also broke into the train which was stabled in the platform, targeting the buffet car and forcing entry into the buffet area, and a number of train windows were also smashed in the coaches, one of which dates back to the 1930's, so a very historic vehicle.

The vandals targeted the South Devon Railway at 5.00 in the morning on Friday 20th January, which does have a CCTV system in place, but the railway is unsure at this stage what has or hasn't been captured on film.

Dick Wood of the South Devon Railway said : "Thankfully, the Police do have some finger and boot prints. Anyone with information about the latest attack should ring the Police on 101, quoting crime CR/004646/17."

This is the second time within 12 months that the railway has suffered from an act of vandalism, though the first being £500 of damage, this incident will incur much more damage. We hope that the criminals are caught and that SDR are able to make a swift recovery from this unfortunate incident.

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