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24 JUN

Community pulls together to help railway

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Members of a Moorlands community have been pulling together to support a railway which fell victim to vandals recently. Last week we reported that a fundraising campaign had been started to help towards the £25,000 cost of damage caused atFoxfield Railway earlier this month.

Members of a Moorlands community have been pulling together to support a railway which fell victim to vandals recently.

Last week we reported that a fundraising campaign had been started to help towards the £25,000 cost of damage caused at Foxfield Railway earlier this month.

The damage caused by vandals at the Blythe Bridge station was discovered on Friday, June 10.

At the time, a spokesman for the heritage railway said: “For the third time this week, we have been targeted by a group of mindless fools who have caused in excess of £25,000 worth of damage.

A total of 24 panes of glass has been smashed in the Class 142 Pacer, a window smashed in another heritage coach, an attempt at smashing windows in the signal box, attempts to get in various other signals and to top it off they broke the CCTV camera and have ran off with it.

You can imagine how upset we are this evening finding this damage. We put our heart and soul into keep our heritage alive to see it reduced to tatters in a manner of minutes by mindless individuals is absolutely gut wrenching.

Anyone in the local area who knows of any information regarding these incidents please do get in touch.”

Staffordshire Police have also been appealing for any information regarding the incident.

A spokesman for the force said: “Police were contacted on Saturday, June 11, with a report of criminal damage.

Windows were smashed and damage was caused to a CCTV camera and signal box at Foxfield Light Railway.

Enquiries are ongoing and any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to report online via Facebook or Twitter, or call 101, quoting incident number 190 of June 11.”

Since the incident an online fundraiser has been set up to help towards the cost of rectifying the damage.

So far, more than £3,000 has been raised and local businesses have also been supporting Foxfield Railway.

A spokesman for the railway said: “A big shout out to Ade from Area Glass LTD, who came to our station and offered the materials and labour to replace the smashed Signal box windows for free – you are a real gent.

We’ve also received about £3,000 of donations towards the £25,000 needed to repair the damage.

Thank you all so much, we are very grateful.”

As of yesterday (Tuesday, June 21) the online fundraising campaign had raised a total of £3,170.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so by going online to: www.justgiving.com/campaign/FoxfieldAppeal22.

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