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Vandal Attacks Appeal

Over the past week (20 - 27 July) the railway has unfortunately been subject to a series of vandal attacks causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to the popular heritage line.

The vandal attacks took place around our Bury hub on 20, 21, 22 and 25 July and saw a number of vehicles damaged by graffiti, forced entry and smashed windows, leaving a trail of destruction and a feeling of devastation in their wake. 

In relation to the incident on 25 July, persons were discovered on the morning of the 26 July, the police were called and persons have been detained.

East Lancashire Railway General Manager, Tracey Parkinson, said;

It’s been a week of mixed emotions for the railway, from celebrating our 30th Anniversary and the dedication of our inspiring volunteers to cleaning up the aftermath of mindless vandals. It is deeply saddening for me and the entire ELR family to see both our heritage and hard work destroyed. We have estimated that it will cost in the region of £20,000 - £30,000 to repair the damage that has occurred over the past week, as well as a lot of time and effort. The railway is a registered charity which is run predominantly on the goodwill of our volunteers and supporters, making these attacks even more upsetting to our community.”

I would like to take this opportunity to praise the efforts from Greater Manchester Police, who have been fantastic at dealing with these devastating incidents.

Although we are deeply saddened by the recent spate of vandalism, we are also overwhelmed with the amount of messages of support, offers of help and willingness to donate by our railway family, local community and friends far and wide. Thank you."

Anyone with information on the above is asked to call Greater Manchester Police on 101. If you would like to make a donation to the "Vandal Attacks Appeal", please click here.

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