Thieves steal a locomotive and a model railway

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Thieves have stolen an East Kent Railway Trust narrow gauge locomotive. (Kent Police)

CCTV footage has been released of police investigating the theft of a toy train and sections of track from a historic model railway.

Thieves broke into the East Kent Railway Trust near Dover and stole a narrow gauge locomotive, a handful of points and lengths of the model railway 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 at the time of the break-in.

Kent Police have issued 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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Kent Police PC Investigator Tom Booth said: ‘We believe the man in the CCTV image may be able to help us, and although the image is slightly out of focus he may still be recognizable to those who know him.

“Anyone who recognizes the man, or has been offered the stolen items for sale, is asked to call Kent Police.”

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

“On the morning of Wednesday 27th April 2022, thieves entered the East Kent Railway Trust in Station Road, Shepherdswell and stole items including a narrow gauge locomotive, a switch handle and lengths of model railway .

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

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

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