Rail fans dev­as­tated af­ter bricks stolen

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By NICK REINIS

RAIL­WAY fans have been left dev­as­tated af­ter thou­sands of price­less rare bricks set to be used to recre­ate a his­toric sta­tion were stolen.

The 19th cen­tury hand­made bricks were taken dur­ing a tar­geted raid on Railworld, in River Lane, Peter­bor­ough, be­tween 7pm on June 15 and 8am the fol­low­ing day.

Raiders used metal cut­ters to slice through chains on the heavy gates, be­fore load­ing the bricks into a van or a small lorry.

The bricks came from Bard­ney Train Sta­tion in Lin­colnshire and were do­nated to the char­ity-run trans­port mu­seum af­ter the sta­tion’s clo­sure.

Worth around £1 each, they were to be used to re­build a sec­tion of the old train sta­tion as a new fea­ture at Railworld.

Railworld man­ager John Turner said: “We had 92 pal­lets of the bricks and you can clearly see thou­sands have been taken.

“We’re dev­as­tated be­cause these bricks were put in our care. They are price­less items. Some­one must know some­thing about it.”

Lynne Go­forth, co-owner of Bard­ney Her­itage Cen­tre, said just a cou­ple of years ago the red and cream bricks were sell­ing for £1, but now could be worth more.

The sta­tion closed in 1981, be­fore be­ing torn down brick-by-brick. The bricks, which are 162-years-old, were then given to Railworld in the early 1990s.

Mrs Go­forth said: “A cou­ple of guys from Railworld came and showed us a plan of what they wanted to do with the bricks. This is gut­ting.”

Po­lice be­lieve the thieves may have taken the bricks to sell them on and are ap­peal­ing to any­one un­der­tak­ing restora­tion projects to look out for them.

A Cam­bridgeshire po­lice spokesper­son said: “This was a care­fully planned and tar­geted theft of very un­usual items and it’s pos­si­ble that these items were stolen to or­der.

“If you are of­fered sim­i­lar items for sale in un­usual cir­cum­stances please con­tact po­lice.”

Call po­lice on 0345 4564564 or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.

Pic­ture: Paul Franks

DEV­AS­TATED: Railworld man­ager John Turner on the site, where thou­sands of 19th cen­tury bricks were stolen dur­ing a tar­geted raid. (METP-18-06-10PF042)

HIS­TORy: An old pho­to­graph of Bard­ney sta­tion, which was de­mol­ished and the bricks sent to Railworld for safe­keep­ing.

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