Police hunt thieves who stole locomotive and miniature railway track

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Thieves stole a narrow gauge locomotive from the East Kent Railway Trust. (Kent Police)
Thieves stole a narrow gauge locomotive from the East Kent Railway Trust. (Kent Police)

A CCTV image has been released by police investigating the theft of a small train and sections of track from a historic miniature railway.

Thieves broke into the East Kent Railway Trust near Dover and stole a narrow gauge locomotive, a points handle and lengths of the miniature railway track on 27 April.

The break-in happened at the charity's site in the village of Shepherdswell.

CCTV showed a man in a van in the area around the time of the burglary.

Kent Police have launched an appeal for information, saying investigators want to speak to the man pictured in the white vehicle.

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Police want to speak to a man pictured in a white van near the area. (Kent Police)
Police want to speak to a man pictured in a white van near the area. (Kent Police)

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Investigating officer PC Tom Booth of Kent Police said: "We believe the man in the CCTV image may be able to assist us, and although the picture is slightly blurry, he may still be recognisable to those who know him.

"Anyone who recognises the man, or has been offered the stolen items for sale, is urged to call Kent Police."

Kent Police added in a statement: "A CCTV image has been released by officers investigating the theft of items from a charity near Dover.

“On the morning of Wednesday 27 April 2022, thieves gained entry to East Kent Railway Trust in Station Road, Shepherdswell and stole items including a narrow gauge locomotive, a points handle and lengths of miniature railway track.

“An investigation into the thefts is ongoing and officers have released a CCTV image of a man who may be able to assist enquiries.”

Anyone with information can call Kent Police on 01843 222289, quoting reference 46/81290/22, or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via an online form.

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