His­toric bomb fins stolen from mu­seum

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - by Jenny Round

Raiders ran­sack unique col­lec­tion of Sec­ond World War mem­o­ra­bilia

THIEVES have tar­geted a mu­seum, tak­ing his­toric wartime equip­ment.

The gate to Bren­zett Aero­nau­ti­cal Mu­seum was taken off its hinges when the bur­glars struck and stole two 6ft 5in alu­minium bomb fins and one alu­minium bomb case from the mu­seum grounds.

The thieves es­caped with the ar­ti­facts in a white or cream van.

The mu­seum in Ivy­church Road opened in 1972 and is home to a unique col­lec­tion of ar­ti­facts from the Sec­ond World War in­clud­ing re­mains re­cov­ered from air­craft crash sites and mem­o­ra­bilia.

It is a reg­is­tered char­ity and staffed by vol­un­teers. Mu­seum man­ager Ray Brig­nall, 60, said: “It’s heart-break­ing be­cause this equip­ment was an im­por­tant part of his­tory and can never be re­placed – it was loaned to us by the MoD.

“It is a very great loss and we all run this on a vol­un­tary ba­sis for the pub­lic and then th­ese peo­ple just walk in and do this – you would think they want to shut us down.”

The in­ci­dent hap­pened at about 9pm last Wed­nes­day and it was caught on two CCTV cam­eras.

A man walk­ing his dog heard noises in the mu­seum grounds and alerted Mr Brig­nall, who called the po­lice.

It is thought the items were stolen to be sold as scrap metal.

If you saw any­thing sus­pi­cious, con­tact po­lice on 01303 289180.

More than 10,000 peo­ple flocked to the Heavy Horse Show at the mu­seum at the week­end, story and pic­tures on pages 40 and 57.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne pd1196110

Mu­seum man­ager Ray Brig­nall with a pro­pel­ler dam­aged dur­ing the theft

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