Update: Heartbreak after vandals attack heritage railway carriage

Police appeal following graffiti vandalism in Swanage

Police appeal following graffiti vandalism in Swanage

Police appeal following graffiti vandalism in Swanage

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VANDALS daubed graffiti across a railway carriage at a popular Dorset tourist attraction.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the carriage, belonging to the Swanage Railway Company, was damaged by a large amount of graffiti.

The heritage steam and diesel train service runs between Swanage and Norden, passing Corfe Castle.

Vandals struck between midnight and 6am on March 15 at Swanage Railway Station on Station Approach.

Simon Hanney, Swanage Railway marketing manager, said the graffiti damage was discovered by volunteers a few hours after it occurred.

He added: “Our volunteer team immediately scrubbed off the graffiti using specialist cleaning equipment and luckily there is no lasting damage.

“This vandalism is not common and I have never heard of this happening before, but we would back the police appeal for witnesses and hope that whoever did this gets caught.”

Swanage Mayor Ali Patrick said the criminal damage was 'heartbreaking'.

She added: “I'm appalled that people would damage heritage steam carriages in this manner.

“The railway is such an iconic part of the town and I fully support the police appeal for witnesses, whoever did this must be caught.

“I'm in the process of trying to get a street art wall created in Swanage so that people who want to express themselves through graffiti do not turn to measures like this.

“The Swanage railway is run by volunteers and this is heartbreaking to all those who have put their own time and effort into making the railway what it is today.”

Sergeant Jon McCarthy of Purbeck police urged anyone with information to come forward.

He said: “This crime has caused a vast amount of expense and inconvenience to the railway company which is predominantly run by volunteers for the benefit of the public.

“This crime is extremely distressing for them and could not have come at a worse time of year with Easter just around the corner.”

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting crime number C:14:C:10526.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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6:59pm Sat 22 Mar 14

westbaywonder says...

More disillusioned teens trying to convince themselves they live in New York or L.A
More disillusioned teens trying to convince themselves they live in New York or L.A westbaywonder
  • Score: 30

7:01pm Sat 22 Mar 14

arlbergbahn says...

Incentive to persuade whatever authorities are dragging their heels to get on and have that carriage shed that they want built?
Incentive to persuade whatever authorities are dragging their heels to get on and have that carriage shed that they want built? arlbergbahn
  • Score: 20

9:50pm Sat 22 Mar 14

hollys481 says...

There is a great deal of interest in this story on Facebook, for the sake of all Fans of the Swanage Railway, I hope you follow this story up.

Would the Police do more if one of their Police cars was "Tagged" or even the Mayor's Limo?

The Railway brings tourist's to the area and that means money.
There is a great deal of interest in this story on Facebook, for the sake of all Fans of the Swanage Railway, I hope you follow this story up. Would the Police do more if one of their Police cars was "Tagged" or even the Mayor's Limo? The Railway brings tourist's to the area and that means money. hollys481
  • Score: 22

7:59am Sun 23 Mar 14

bentleyboy says...

Terrible and most upsetting thing to happen, BUT maybe the recent ENCOURAGMENT from the Council in Dorchester for youngsters to daub graffiti under the railway bridge has spread to the local bored youth in Wareham ... Their designs actually look quite talented, and surely would brighten up some drab public places in Wareham, but not on a lovely old restored train carriage..
Terrible and most upsetting thing to happen, BUT maybe the recent ENCOURAGMENT from the Council in Dorchester for youngsters to daub graffiti under the railway bridge has spread to the local bored youth in Wareham ... Their designs actually look quite talented, and surely would brighten up some drab public places in Wareham, but not on a lovely old restored train carriage.. bentleyboy
  • Score: 14

9:26am Sun 23 Mar 14

Sigurd Hoberth says...

bentleyboy wrote:
Terrible and most upsetting thing to happen, BUT maybe the recent ENCOURAGMENT from the Council in Dorchester for youngsters to daub graffiti under the railway bridge has spread to the local bored youth in Wareham ... Their designs actually look quite talented, and surely would brighten up some drab public places in Wareham, but not on a lovely old restored train carriage..
You beat me to it......enjoy the decline of our nation. It's easy to see what has caused it.
[quote][p][bold]bentleyboy[/bold] wrote: Terrible and most upsetting thing to happen, BUT maybe the recent ENCOURAGMENT from the Council in Dorchester for youngsters to daub graffiti under the railway bridge has spread to the local bored youth in Wareham ... Their designs actually look quite talented, and surely would brighten up some drab public places in Wareham, but not on a lovely old restored train carriage..[/p][/quote]You beat me to it......enjoy the decline of our nation. It's easy to see what has caused it. Sigurd Hoberth
  • Score: 13

7:10pm Sun 23 Mar 14

custos says...

Great to know that no permanent harm was done but a big mistake posting pictures of the vandalism - exactly what the vandals want!
Great to know that no permanent harm was done but a big mistake posting pictures of the vandalism - exactly what the vandals want! custos
  • Score: 4

1:18pm Mon 24 Mar 14

JamesYoung says...

Hang on, isn't this art?
It was when it was daubed on the bridge in Dorchester (which started as a relatively unobtrusive design but now looks like a bridge in some run down Chicago slum).
Hang on, isn't this art? It was when it was daubed on the bridge in Dorchester (which started as a relatively unobtrusive design but now looks like a bridge in some run down Chicago slum). JamesYoung
  • Score: 2

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