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Vandals strike model railway at Swindon's Coate Water

Swindon Advertiser: Vandals strike at Swindon model railway Vandals strike at Swindon model railway

VOLUNTEERS have been left “disheartened” after vandals trashed a much-loved model railway at Coate Water.

Members of the North Wilts Model Engineering Society (NWMES), who run the popular miniature railway at the country park, will have to rebuild a scale model platelayer’s hut and water hydrant after they were destroyed on Monday evening.

The chairman of the voluntary group, David Hawkins, chased a gang of teenagers from the site at around 6.30pm.

Stephen Bidwell, a NWMES committee member, said: “We have had a certain amount of damage done in the past but it’s a long time since anything significant. It was after it had closed and so it was lucky someone was still around.

“The model had only been there a matter of weeks and it’s a good day’s work to repair it. It is like a substantial garden shed in miniature form.

“The remains have been taken away so that the builder can make a new one. He has also made two others.

“The model had only been there a matter of weeks and it’s a good day’s work to repair it.

- Stephen Bidwell, a NWMES committee member

The miniature railway at Coate Water is five eighths of a mile long and was opened in 1963.

The damage has not affected the track and will not mean the popular attraction has to close over the Easter period.

Yesterday a police spokesman confirmed officers were looking into the incident as criminal damage.

Anyone with any information should contact Wiltshire Police on 0845 408 7000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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12:42pm Thu 21 Apr 11

Robfm says...

My son loved that railway when he was a toddler, my wife and grandchildren were at Coate yesterday.

These morons need locking up.
My son loved that railway when he was a toddler, my wife and grandchildren were at Coate yesterday. These morons need locking up. Robfm
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12:43pm Thu 21 Apr 11

John Smith II says...

I really sympathise with the guys who spend their time running the railway to bring pleasure to others and then have to face the consequences of the behaviour from the worst of Swindon society.

If the offenders are caught I wonder if they will be let off without a charge, like those who were found with 33 car badges on them in North Swindon a few days ago?
I really sympathise with the guys who spend their time running the railway to bring pleasure to others and then have to face the consequences of the behaviour from the worst of Swindon society. If the offenders are caught I wonder if they will be let off without a charge, like those who were found with 33 car badges on them in North Swindon a few days ago? John Smith II
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1:51pm Thu 21 Apr 11

Mr Blackwell says...

It is so dispiriting, but predictable, that - yet again - decent people just going about their daily lives and trying to do something good for society are kicked in the teeth by criminals who know they no longer have anything to fear from our judges and courts.
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Sadly, the people who committed this senseless act of criminal damage will not be 'locked up' even if they are caught. It's unlikely they'd even see the inside of a courtroom and, if they did, our uber-lenient judges would be on hand to ensure they walked free to commit more crimes.
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Makes you glad to be paying such high taxes to fund this system, doesn't it? In this era of austerity, I've not seen any mention of a possible cut to judges' generous salaries... often well in excess of £150k.
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Yes, that's right, we pay most of these deluded old fools more than we pay the prime minister. No wonder they couldn't care less about continually letting criminals walk free, they're too busy spending their money and chortling over drinks and cigars at the Lodge.
It is so dispiriting, but predictable, that - yet again - decent people just going about their daily lives and trying to do something good for society are kicked in the teeth by criminals who know they no longer have anything to fear from our judges and courts. . Sadly, the people who committed this senseless act of criminal damage will not be 'locked up' even if they are caught. It's unlikely they'd even see the inside of a courtroom and, if they did, our uber-lenient judges would be on hand to ensure they walked free to commit more crimes. . Makes you glad to be paying such high taxes to fund this system, doesn't it? In this era of austerity, I've not seen any mention of a possible cut to judges' generous salaries... often well in excess of £150k. . Yes, that's right, we pay most of these deluded old fools more than we pay the prime minister. No wonder they couldn't care less about continually letting criminals walk free, they're too busy spending their money and chortling over drinks and cigars at the Lodge. Mr Blackwell
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3:26pm Thu 21 Apr 11

umpcah says...

John Smith II wrote:
I really sympathise with the guys who spend their time running the railway to bring pleasure to others and then have to face the consequences of the behaviour from the worst of Swindon society. If the offenders are caught I wonder if they will be let off without a charge, like those who were found with 33 car badges on them in North Swindon a few days ago?
You wonder if they will be let off without a charge ? Of course they will that`s what cautions are for.
[quote][p][bold]John Smith II[/bold] wrote: I really sympathise with the guys who spend their time running the railway to bring pleasure to others and then have to face the consequences of the behaviour from the worst of Swindon society. If the offenders are caught I wonder if they will be let off without a charge, like those who were found with 33 car badges on them in North Swindon a few days ago?[/p][/quote]You wonder if they will be let off without a charge ? Of course they will that`s what cautions are for. umpcah
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3:26pm Thu 21 Apr 11

umpcah says...

“The model had only been there a matter of weeks and it’s a good day’s work to repair it.You wonder if they will be let off without a charge ? Of course they will that`s what cautions are for.
“The model had only been there a matter of weeks and it’s a good day’s work to repair it.You wonder if they will be let off without a charge ? Of course they will that`s what cautions are for. umpcah
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8:48pm Thu 21 Apr 11

itsamess says...

So bobby if your son was a toddler in 1963 he would be 49/50 now?
Goodness gracious such a young marriage.
So bobby if your son was a toddler in 1963 he would be 49/50 now? Goodness gracious such a young marriage. itsamess
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8:58pm Thu 21 Apr 11

itsamess says...

I can never understand why anyone would damage something for no reason.
Well at least no damage to the rails or stock.
I can never understand why anyone would damage something for no reason. Well at least no damage to the rails or stock. itsamess
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9:05pm Thu 21 Apr 11

who dat? says...

"I've not seen any mention of a possible cut to judges' generous salaries... often well in excess of £150k."
Not to mention their gold plated pensions!!

BTW , there are now more lawyers in this once great country than there are policemen!!

BRING BACK THE BIRCH!!
"I've not seen any mention of a possible cut to judges' generous salaries... often well in excess of £150k." Not to mention their gold plated pensions!! BTW , there are now more lawyers in this once great country than there are policemen!! BRING BACK THE BIRCH!! who dat?
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7:41am Fri 22 Apr 11

Mr Blackwell says...

itsamess wrote:
So bobby if your son was a toddler in 1963 he would be 49/50 now? Goodness gracious such a young marriage.
@itsamess: you're really not helping to allay the fears that you're something of a stalker (not to mention a bit, well, 'weird', generally).
[quote][p][bold]itsamess[/bold] wrote: So bobby if your son was a toddler in 1963 he would be 49/50 now? Goodness gracious such a young marriage.[/p][/quote]@itsamess: you're really not helping to allay the fears that you're something of a stalker (not to mention a bit, well, 'weird', generally). Mr Blackwell
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8:04am Fri 22 Apr 11

Captain Sensible says...

String 'em up, its the only language they understand.
String 'em up, its the only language they understand. Captain Sensible
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9:09am Fri 22 Apr 11

Robfm says...

Mr B Walter is bonkers. I wasn't aware I had mentioned when my son was born or indeed how old he is.
Mr B Walter is bonkers. I wasn't aware I had mentioned when my son was born or indeed how old he is. Robfm
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11:33am Fri 22 Apr 11

itsamess says...

Oh you have mentioned him numerous times bobby--best you look back--then you will understand. Talking to yourself is a bad habit.
Oh you have mentioned him numerous times bobby--best you look back--then you will understand. Talking to yourself is a bad habit. itsamess
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6:23pm Fri 22 Apr 11

Robfm says...

Ah Walter so I am now Mr B, wondered how long that would take you to fantasise over. As for mentioning my son, yes you are right, although I have never mentioned when he was born, and it certainly wasn't in 1963, where did that fantasy come from.
Ah Walter so I am now Mr B, wondered how long that would take you to fantasise over. As for mentioning my son, yes you are right, although I have never mentioned when he was born, and it certainly wasn't in 1963, where did that fantasy come from. Robfm
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7:50pm Fri 22 Apr 11

itsamess says...

I was not aware i said you are Mr B
Your maths are not good.
I was not aware i said you are Mr B Your maths are not good. itsamess
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8:14am Sat 23 Apr 11

Robfm says...

Walter you have got to be the craziest poster ever on here, 'Talking to yourself is a bad habit.', so that wasn't implying I was Mr B then, given my previous post was, well, to Mr B.

As for my maths are not good, again completely bizarre statement, my maths are fine. I know when I got married and when my son was born neither was in 1963.

Now go and play with your junior chemistry set there's a good little boy.
Walter you have got to be the craziest poster ever on here, 'Talking to yourself is a bad habit.', so that wasn't implying I was Mr B then, given my previous post was, well, to Mr B. As for my maths are not good, again completely bizarre statement, my maths are fine. I know when I got married and when my son was born neither was in 1963. Now go and play with your junior chemistry set there's a good little boy. Robfm
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