112 windows smashed in shocking GCRN vandal attack

Teenage vandals broke 112 windows during an attack on the Great Central Railway – Nottingham’s Ruddington site on the evening of Monday, April 29, causing an estimated £80,000 worth of damage.

At around 5.45pm, six male offenders believed to be aged between 14 and 16 entered the site and smashed windows on two DMUs – a 108 and a Class 116 – plus two Mk2 carriages. Named Deborah, one of the latter has been damaged to the point that is likely to be beyond economic repair and may end up being scrapped – which unfortunately came after 75% of its windows were only recently replaced.

The offenders also broke into the signalbox’s locker room, as well as the 125 Group’s Mk3 buffet car, leaving more damage in their wake.

Stan Stanway, director, GCR N told Heritage Railway: “It’s completely soul destroying to see years of effort wrecked overnight. Of the five vehicles damaged, one appears to be beyond economic repair.

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“Our volunteers have gone through the full range of emotions in the hours that have followed the attack.

“We are appealing for information on the culprits who were disturbed and made off from site at around 6:15pm. After being given chase by the police, the offenders unfortunately managed to evade capture somewhere within the Mere Way Business Park.

“What’s important now is that the persons responsible are caught and punished. In the meantime, we’re looking at ways of repairing the damage and increasing the site security – perhaps through sponsorship. We would any donations. Contact us by email on info@gcrn.co.uk or by calling 0115 9405705.

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