Police release ages of youths arrested after model railway exhibition vandal attack

  Posted: 20.05.19 at 13:06 by The Editor

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Police have released the ages of the four youths arrested after a vandal attack at Stamford's Welland Academy on Saturday.

Lincolnshire Police say one is aged 16 and the other three are 15 years old.

The four were arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning and released on conditional bail later the same day, pending further enquiries.

Police were alerted to the incident at about 3.50am by a local resident who had heard noises coming the school and, a short time later when officers were on our way to the call, the school alarm activated.

A police spokesman said on Saturday: "On arrival at the school we arrested four youths, who were on the premises, for burglary and criminal damage."

Vandals destroyed model railway layouts set up at the school for Market Deeping Model Railway Club's annual exhibition and meant the club had to cancel the hugely-popular event.

It was expecting between 400 and 500 visitors at what is its main income-generating event.

Four layouts were smashed along with four demonstrator stands and a Bourne U3A fundraising stall.

But it is the time and effort members had put into building the layouts - 26 years in the case of one of the club's damaged by the vandals - that has upset members the most.

The online fundraiser launched by secretary Brian Norris yesterday to help 'rebuild' the club has now raised more than £55,000.

The money donated will not just help the club carry out repairs and ensure future exhibitions can be held, a 'considerable amount' will also be shared with the other clubs affected by the vandalism.

Despite the devastation the club has pledged to honour its commitments to forthcoming events - including next weekend's Deepings Literary Festival - with some of the crowdfunding page proceeds going towards the rebuilding of one of the damaged layouts.

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The online fundraiser to help 'rebuild' Market Deeping Model Railway Club after Saturday's vandal attack has topped £40,...

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