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The vandals ransacked the hall, smashing years of work
Thousands of pounds worth of model railway exhibits have been destroyed in an act of "total wanton destruction".Market Deeping Model Railway Club lost years of work in the raid at Welland Academy in Stamford on Saturday.Its chairman Peter Davies, 70, said exhibits were smashed, thrown around and stamped on, including a locomotive unit worth about
Club members had worked on their projects for many years - but found this damage
Some of the exhibits were worth thousands of pounds
"I trained as a teacher and a youth worker, but I'm in total confusion," Mr Davies said."Models that were made over years were trodden on and thrown around. It's a total wanton destruction of the highest order. "I've never experienced anything like it. A hurricane would have done less damage."
The club had set up an exhibition in the school for viewing on Sunday
Mr Davies said club members were "devastated and distraught"."Can you imagine your life's work wrecked?," he said."One guy spent 25 years on his work and it's wrecked, it's just horrendous."We will never have the time to build the sort of layouts again, that's where the anger comes from."He said the club had got offers of support from "all over the world - as far away as New Zealand".He added: "We will rise from this, no question, we will be bigger and better. But we'll never get the years back it took to build those exhibits."
The vandals did "more damage than a hurricane"
The models and buildings were stamped on and thrown around the hall during the attack
Lincolnshire Police said: "On arrival at the school we arrested four youths, who were on the premises, for burglary and criminal damage."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 [Sunday]."The youths were released on Saturday evening on conditional bail pending further inquiries.
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