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Posted by Melvin England (Member # 5270) on May 20, 2019, 07:47 AM:
You don't need me to tell you just how addictive this wonderful world of celluloid can be. A hobby becomes more of a passion.

So spare a thought, please, for fellow hobbyists at Market Deeping Model Railway Club. They set up their layouts in a large hall in Stamford, Lincolnshire UK in preparation for their annual exhibition over the weekend.
Overnight, they were visited by a gang of vandals. Every single layout was wrecked, locomotives splattered on the floor, models jumped on and destroyed. In fact, as the reports said, irreplaceable items and hours of hard work destroyed.

However, in the couple of days since it happened there has been an overwhelming amount of support for those people from all over the world. They set up a sort of Crowd Funding account in which they hoped to raise £500 to carry on.

The amount currently stands at UK Pounds 50,000 ! What a response!

Also, four youths have been arrested on suspicion of burglary and criminal damage.

Just imagine the same happening at Blackpool or Cinesea……

Posted by Steve Klare (Member # 12) on May 20, 2019, 08:31 AM:
It's disgusting really. It's so hard to build anything: there's planning, design, gathering materials, building, fixing mistakes, improving, maintaining and of course money and even worse Time.

To do a really good job building anything is to invest a little of your soul in it. It's a reflection of the builder.

-yet so easy for some pack of scumbags to show up and take it away. Some of these modelers will start over and do something even better. Some of them will throw in the towel: its now tainted for them.

I hope the Justice system treats this with the seriousness it deserves. One way or another these kids need to regret what they've done.
Posted by Maurice Leakey (Member # 916) on May 20, 2019, 09:56 AM:
Rod Stewart has donated £10k to the fund.
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on May 20, 2019, 10:37 AM:
I can hardly understand what pleasure peole can find in destrctucting the work and efforts of others [Confused]
Posted by Paul Browning (Member # 2715) on May 20, 2019, 01:37 PM:
Mindless morons .....
Posted by Joe Vannicola (Member # 4156) on May 20, 2019, 04:19 PM:
What a damn shame. I sincerely hope Market Deeping Model Railway Club keeps holding these shows despite the criminal actions of those A holes. Don't let some low brow thugs ruin a good thing.
Posted by Clyde Miles (Member # 4032) on May 20, 2019, 05:20 PM:
filth. should be removed from society
Posted by Bill Phelps (Member # 1431) on May 20, 2019, 11:43 PM:
That is so sad...I set up at area train shows and I couldn’t imagine how I would feel if such a thing would happen. It is great to see the response however many of the things destroyed can never really be replaced. But it does show that there are people who care.
Posted by Osi Osgood (Member # 424) on May 21, 2019, 11:17 AM:
Glad they caught the little snots!

I'll never understand the mentality of vandalizing something, just for the sheer naughtiness of it. If it takes something like that to make these folks feel like "big guys", then they'll probably never make it.
Posted by Leon Norris (Member # 3151) on May 21, 2019, 11:32 AM:
If they caught them! Then they should pay it all back! That will teach them a lesson!
Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on May 21, 2019, 02:56 PM:
I totally agree with Leon. The judge should demand that these kids (and/or their parents) pay for every penny of the damage they have done.
Posted by Tom Photiou (Member # 130) on May 21, 2019, 03:41 PM:
Thanks to our do gooder society and snowflake generation nothing much will happen to these ass wipes.
Personally I'd have them birched in public and humiliated.
If i was the victim, I'd like the chance to do it myself.
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on May 21, 2019, 03:46 PM:
Leon and Paul, justice in Europe is much weaker than in the USA.

[ May 22, 2019, 06:44 AM: Message edited by: Dominique De Bast ]
Posted by Lee Mannering (Member # 728) on May 22, 2019, 12:19 AM:
It is so sad to read of this happening and I'm sure the love will pour out from all railway enthusiasts to you all at Market Deeping.

This week over here a man was robbed and then throat slashed in Blackpool he is now fighting for his life. Such terrible things.
Posted by Terry Sills (Member # 3309) on May 22, 2019, 01:29 AM:
I share Tom's views although it will never happen these days sadly. The truth is that these idiots know that they have nothing to fear from our 'Justice' system so no deterrent.

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