Vandals attack Scarborough's North Bay Railway, kicking out the Covid-safety screens on a train

Vandals have attacked one of Scarborough's North Bay Heritage Railway's carriages.

By Sarah Fitton
Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 7:10 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 10:27 am

Screens installed to meet coronavirus safety rules were kicked out of a carriage parked at Peasholm Park Station overnight on Sunday.

Thankfully workers have managed to re-fit the six screens - half of those that were in the carriage - so that the train could run as normal from yesterday.

General Manager of North Bay Heritage Railway Steve Johnson said it was lucky none of the screens were broken.

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He said: "Everyone is asking 'why?'

"If we hadn't been able to get those screens in, we wouldn't have been able to run that train which would have had massive implications, especially at this time of year.

"The only reason we are up and running is due to these screens being in place.

"Fortunately none were broken and our team has quickly managed to get them reinstated so we can open as normal.

Vandals kicked out Covid-safety screens on a North Bay Heritage Railway carriage at Peasholm Park Station

"We just don’t understand how anyone could get pleasure from this.

"Like most other businesses, we are struggling and we need to keep running to survive the winter."

David Humphreys, Managing Director of the railway, said: We haven't lost any trips because of this but it is annoying that people are doing vandalism for the sake of vandalism.

"We've asked the council to look on their CCTV to see if they can find who it is."

Anyone with information about the damage should call North Yorkshire Police via 101.

Information can also be passed on anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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