Kawakawa train tick­ets tar­geted

The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BAYLEY MOOR

The theft of $1000 of train tick­ets from the Bay of Is­lands Vin­tage Rail­way build­ing has prompted a warn­ing to only buy tick­ets from the Kawakawa sta­tion.

Vin­tage Rail­way Trust gen­eral man­ager De­nis He­witt says sev­eral books of tick­ets to­talling around $1000 were taken from the Rail­way Sta­tion Cafe af­ter a win­dow was smashed to gain ac­cess.

The in­ci­dent was re­ported to po­lice, who have recorded the num­bers of the stolen tick­ets, he says. A po­lice spokesper­son says the break in hap­pened at 3.30am on Fe­bru­ary 17. He­witt says any­one who at­tempts to use the stolen tick­ets will be re­jected.

‘‘It’s just an­noy­ing - we are a vol­un­teer out­fit try­ing to run a com­pe­tent rail­way. Be­cause they [the tick­ets] are stolen they aren’t worth the pa­per they are printed on.’’

He­witt says the in­come from the con­ces­sion tick­ets pro­vide the char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion’s main source of in­come.

Guard and trustee for the vin­tage rail­way Anne Leitch says it is very dis­ap­point­ing that the peo­ple in­volved with caus­ing dam­age can’t fo­cus on some­thing con­struc­tive.

‘‘It’s a bit of a let down for the sake of the com­mu­nity,’’ she says.

Any in­for­ma­tion about the break in can be re­ported to Kawakawa Po­lice 09 404 3150 or anony­mously to Crimestop­pers 0800 555 111.

Bay of Is­lands Vin­tage Rail­way gen­eral man­ager De­nis He­witt says it is an­noy­ing to be the vic­tim of van­dal­ism and break-ins.

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