Grown men ‘in tears’ as burglary at model railway show causes thousands of pounds of damage – LincolnshireLive
Four youths have been arrested after a burglary the night before a model railway exhibition left “grown men in tears”.
Vandals broke into the Stamford Welland Academy in Green Lane on Saturday morning, May 18, and destroyed a series of model railway exhibits that had been set up in anticipation of an event later in the day.
The noise from the break-in alerted nearby residents, who phoned the police and, while officers were en-route to the scene, the alarm system was set off.
Police later arrested four youths on suspicion of burglary and causing criminal damage.
The models, which were worth thousands of pounds, had been set up for an exhibition arranged by Market Deeping Model Railway Club. It was expected the exhibition would attract 500 to 600 people – many from many miles away.
Speaking to the Stamford Mercury, Peter Davies, chairman of the club, said the incident was “devastating” and he had never seen anything like it.
“It’s heartbreaking,” he said. “There were grown men there in tears because of what had been done, and I admit I was one of them.”
The newspaper reported that headteacher Vicky Lloyd and other members of staff later came to help with the clear-up.
Lincolnshire Police confirmed in a statement that its officers had arrested four people in relation to the incident.
“About 3.50am today we were alerted by a local resident that noises had been heard coming from Queen Eleanor School in Stamford and a short time later whilst we were on our way to the call, the alarm at the school activated,” it said in a statement.
“Four youths were arrested for burglary and criminal damage and they are in custody at Grantham.
“We are continuing our investigation and confirm damage was done to model railway exhibits which had been set up in the school for a display today.”