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16 JUN

“Mindless” vandalism at heritage railway

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A fundraising campaign has been started to help towards the £25,000 cost of damage caused at a heritage railway in the Moorlands recently. The damage caused by vandals took place at Foxfield Railway in Blythe Bridge over the weekend.

A fundraising campaign has been started to help towards the £25,000 cost of damage caused at a heritage railway in the Moorlands recently.

The damage caused by vandals took place at Foxfield Railway in Blythe Bridge over the weekend.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police 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.”

Foxfield Railway is a popular tourist spot in the Moorlands which is run by volunteers.

A spokesman for the railway posted about the damage on the railway’s Facebook page on Friday (June 10) evening.

They said: “Is this acceptable behaviour?

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 keeping 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.”

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

The railway spokesman said: “If you would like to support us and the owners of the Pacer, consider visiting us or donating here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/FoxfieldAppeal22.”

A spokesman for the fundraiser has stated on the web page: “Following the devastating news that many Foxfield artefacts were damaged by a reckless act of vandalism, we need your help to bring our trains back to life.

The damage caused will run into the tens of thousands of pounds which is a devastating blow to the volunteers that work so hard to preserve the railway that is at the heart of the local community.

This comes at an even more difficult time as we are currently undertaking heavy engineering works on the railway, which has prevented us from operating the railway to generate income for the charity.

We are due to start running trains again in July, but naturally we will now need to assess the damage and understand how this will impact on our operating plans.

We appreciate it is such a difficult time for many with the ever-increasing cost of living, but any donation will be greatly appreciated and will assist in re-opening the railway as planned in July.”

As of yesterday (Tuesday, June 14), a total of £2,144 had been donated to the cause.

The railway spokesman added: “We must say a massive thank you to everyone who has shown their support for the railway since our attacks last week.

The community spirit shown has really touched our hearts and we can’t thank everyone enough for every little bit of information, help and donations. It really means a lot.”

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