Posted: 19.08.19 at 16:17 by The Editor
The parents of three youths who destroyed displays at Market Deeping Model Railway Club have been ordered to pay £500 each in compensation to the club.
Four teenage boys were arrested after layouts for the annual exhibition at Stamford’s Welland Academy were vandalised in the early hours of Saturday May 18.
The attack, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage, was described by club chairman Peter Davies as “a total wanton destruction of the highest order.”
Model railway enthusiasts from around the world rallied to show their support in the aftermath of the incident which left models, some which had taken years to make, trodden on and thrown around the school gym.
A crowdfunding page set up by the club raised more than £107,000 and donations flooded in from over 5,000 supporters including music legend Rod Stewart who contributed £10,000 towards the fund. He revealed that he had his own model railway which had taken 23 years to build so understood the devastation of the damage.
Three of the youths arrested, who are all aged 16 and cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Lincoln Youth Court and pleaded guilty to the offences.
They were handed 12-month referral orders, and their parents ordered to pay £500 compensation each to Market Deeping Railway Club, £85 prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
Sentencing involving the fourth youth, who is also aged 16, was adjourned until September 2. He has also pleaded guilty to criminal damage.