Graffiti yobs put halt to rail event

This Is Wiltshire: Dave Pacey, vice chairman from the Swindon & Cricklade railway, is angry at vandalism to the new site at Moulden Hill where graffiti and metal fencing has been damaged Dave Pacey, vice chairman from the Swindon & Cricklade railway, is angry at vandalism to the new site at Moulden Hill where graffiti and metal fencing has been damaged

VANDALISM has delayed the opening of a new station at the Swindon and Crick-lade Railway.

In the last week of August the Taw Valley Halt section of the track, which runs restored vintage engines, was defaced with the ‘basher’ graffiti tag.

The perpetrators cut through a fence to access the site, putting the graffiti on the platform and a wooden buffer.

The Taw Valley Halt Station, intended to provide access to Mouldon Hill Country Park, was expected to open for the charity railway’s wartime event taking place next weekend.

But this is now most unlikely to happen.

One of the railway volunteers Dave Pacey, said: “I really cannot understand the mentality of these people.

“This is something that is a benefit to the whole community and now the new station opening has more than likely been delayed.

“I don’t understand the sheer stupidity of these individuals and I could wring their necks if I got hold of them.

“We are sad as we are only volunteers and this all costs money which could be spent more productively.”

Dave estimates the incident has lead to around £300 worth of damage and that the Taw Valley Halt Station will now not open until October.

The new platform is a temporary feature on the railway until Mouldon Hill Station opens further down the line.

The vandalism has been reported to Wiltshire Police, as has as another incident around three weeks ago where a vintage engine the volunteers are restoring was graffitied and had some of its windows smashed.

Tony Norris, railway volunteer, said: “This is just mindless vandalism that has been going on.

“I don’t know whether the two incidents are linked or not but I know the police are investigating them.

“But I’d ask for anyone with information about the incidents to get in touch with the police as soon as possible.”

  • Any witnesses are asked to call 101, requesting to speak with PCSO Dominic Tonge, or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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8:52am Tue 2 Sep 14

South Stand says...

No cameras I guess, so almost impossible to catch them. It doesn't seem to matter in Swindon if criminals are caught because they all seem to be released and given a small fine anyway.
No cameras I guess, so almost impossible to catch them. It doesn't seem to matter in Swindon if criminals are caught because they all seem to be released and given a small fine anyway. South Stand
  • Score: 26

9:04am Tue 2 Sep 14

suburbanbear says...

Ah one last rebellion for the yobs before the summer holidays end.
Ah one last rebellion for the yobs before the summer holidays end. suburbanbear
  • Score: 13

9:43am Tue 2 Sep 14

Morsey says...

Here we go again ... it's the enemy within with vandalism going undetected again, of course, and the bored kind who can't operate a handheld device to amuse themselves because they're probably not clever enough?
Here we go again ... it's the enemy within with vandalism going undetected again, of course, and the bored kind who can't operate a handheld device to amuse themselves because they're probably not clever enough? Morsey
  • Score: 1

10:23am Tue 2 Sep 14

The Real Librarian says...

Tie them to the track and run the train over them

They are worthless scum who will contribute nothing in their wasted lives except to mess up the various children they will inevitably spawn before relying on the state to pay for it.

Farage wants to legalise gun ownership. I'll vote for that in the hope that some of these oxygen thieves get used as target practice.
Tie them to the track and run the train over them They are worthless scum who will contribute nothing in their wasted lives except to mess up the various children they will inevitably spawn before relying on the state to pay for it. Farage wants to legalise gun ownership. I'll vote for that in the hope that some of these oxygen thieves get used as target practice. The Real Librarian
  • Score: 28

12:20pm Tue 2 Sep 14

house on the hill says...

The Real Librarian wrote:
Tie them to the track and run the train over them

They are worthless scum who will contribute nothing in their wasted lives except to mess up the various children they will inevitably spawn before relying on the state to pay for it.

Farage wants to legalise gun ownership. I'll vote for that in the hope that some of these oxygen thieves get used as target practice.
unless they use some of their taxpayer funded benefits to buy a gun (or steal one) and shoot you first of course!

I am sure many agree with your sentiments, but we need to find a way of dealing with these waste of space scum without it turning into some sort of class war which could have even worse consequences for society.
[quote][p][bold]The Real Librarian[/bold] wrote: Tie them to the track and run the train over them They are worthless scum who will contribute nothing in their wasted lives except to mess up the various children they will inevitably spawn before relying on the state to pay for it. Farage wants to legalise gun ownership. I'll vote for that in the hope that some of these oxygen thieves get used as target practice.[/p][/quote]unless they use some of their taxpayer funded benefits to buy a gun (or steal one) and shoot you first of course! I am sure many agree with your sentiments, but we need to find a way of dealing with these waste of space scum without it turning into some sort of class war which could have even worse consequences for society. house on the hill
  • Score: 3

12:21pm Tue 2 Sep 14

house on the hill says...

suburbanbear wrote:
Ah one last rebellion for the yobs before the summer holidays end.
Assuming they are of school age and not just mindless adults of whom there are plenty about.
[quote][p][bold]suburbanbear[/bold] wrote: Ah one last rebellion for the yobs before the summer holidays end.[/p][/quote]Assuming they are of school age and not just mindless adults of whom there are plenty about. house on the hill
  • Score: 2

12:56pm Tue 2 Sep 14

BCDR99 says...

Delay until October because of a few bits of paint?

I have a great deal of respect for the work the volunteers do there as it is a great place to visit with the family but a month's delay for £300 worth of graffiti damage? Seems a bit much.
Delay until October because of a few bits of paint? I have a great deal of respect for the work the volunteers do there as it is a great place to visit with the family but a month's delay for £300 worth of graffiti damage? Seems a bit much. BCDR99
  • Score: -3

12:57pm Tue 2 Sep 14

greenpacer says...

A little bit of funding on CCTV is well worth it. Do it yourself it's cheaper. I bought mine from Maplins.
A little bit of funding on CCTV is well worth it. Do it yourself it's cheaper. I bought mine from Maplins. greenpacer
  • Score: 4

5:17pm Tue 2 Sep 14

melnursesear. says...

I am a Volunteer at a Heritage Steam Railway near where I live.{.I am Exiled Swindonian.}.they get problems all the time..Dramatically better since CCTV was installed..These Engines.. many Steam rarely had problems when in Main Line service shows what Low Life Scum have evolved with the times..Nit just Swindon area..£300 is a lot to these Volunteers I should know..!
I am a Volunteer at a Heritage Steam Railway near where I live.{.I am Exiled Swindonian.}.they get problems all the time..Dramatically better since CCTV was installed..These Engines.. many Steam rarely had problems when in Main Line service shows what Low Life Scum have evolved with the times..Nit just Swindon area..£300 is a lot to these Volunteers I should know..! melnursesear.
  • Score: 3

11:10pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

Is it possible for someone (me?) to donate £300 and the event to still take place as scheduled ?
😇
Is it possible for someone (me?) to donate £300 and the event to still take place as scheduled ? 😇 Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: -4

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