Historic bomb fins stolen from museum
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.
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Museum manager Ray Brignall with a propeller damaged during the theft