Volunteers distraught after graffiti vandals wreck steam railway carriage in Swanage

Bournemouth Echo: Volunteers distraught after graffiti vandals wreck steam railway carriages in Swanage Volunteers distraught after graffiti vandals wreck steam railway carriages in Swanage

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following criminal damage to a railway carriage in Swanage.

The incident happened between midnight and 6am on March 15 at the Swanage railway station on Station Approach.

One railway carriage, belonging to the Swanage Railway Company, was daubed with graffiti.

Initially it was thought three railway carriages were involved. 

Sergeant Jon McCarthy, of Purbeck police, said: “This crime has caused a vast amount of expense and inconvenience to the railway company which is predominantly run by volunteers for the benefit of the public.

“This crime is extremely distressing for them, they face hundreds hours of restoration work to put this right and could not have come at a worse time of year with Easter just around the corner.

“I have released three images of the graffiti in the hope that someone will have knowledge about those responsible.

“I urge any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward as soon as possible, all calls will be treated with the strictest confidence.”

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting crime number C:14:C:10526.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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10:31am Sun 23 Mar 14

Controversial But True says...

Stupid mindless ignorant peasants!!!
Stupid mindless ignorant peasants!!! Controversial But True
  • Score: 88

10:46am Sun 23 Mar 14

elite50 says...

This really should not be difficult to solve.
All of these mindless morons have left their initials on their handiwork.
All the police have to do is to look up the names and the approximate age groups of a group of people aged from 15 to 25 and they will find out who they are.
There are not that many people living in or near Swanage with the last names beginning with M or C or W.
This really should not be difficult to solve. All of these mindless morons have left their initials on their handiwork. All the police have to do is to look up the names and the approximate age groups of a group of people aged from 15 to 25 and they will find out who they are. There are not that many people living in or near Swanage with the last names beginning with M or C or W. elite50
  • Score: 48

11:26am Sun 23 Mar 14

SympatheticSam says...

Why has it taken a week for this story to be published? The echo seem to care about people being idiots more than this.
Why has it taken a week for this story to be published? The echo seem to care about people being idiots more than this. SympatheticSam
  • Score: 35

11:28am Sun 23 Mar 14

madras says...

Un f-ing believable - disgusting. Chavvy little oiks need to be found, fined heavily and sentenced to a considerable community service cleaning up their mess and other people's scribblings too
Un f-ing believable - disgusting. Chavvy little oiks need to be found, fined heavily and sentenced to a considerable community service cleaning up their mess and other people's scribblings too madras
  • Score: 72

11:45am Sun 23 Mar 14

billy bumble says...

Scum - absolute scum
Scum - absolute scum billy bumble
  • Score: 55

11:46am Sun 23 Mar 14

jaffajoe says...

Absolutely disgusting! These mindless ignorant morons must have been well prepared to do this damage! Unless the carriages were at the platform they must have had something to stand on to be able to graffiti so high up. Let's hope the police nab these worthless scum soon!
Absolutely disgusting! These mindless ignorant morons must have been well prepared to do this damage! Unless the carriages were at the platform they must have had something to stand on to be able to graffiti so high up. Let's hope the police nab these worthless scum soon! jaffajoe
  • Score: 51

11:58am Sun 23 Mar 14

Red Leader 1 says...

These are mindless actions by poorly idiots.
If the law catches up with them, we will expect punative action.
Something along the lines of having their spray cans confiscated perhaps!
Maybe a slapped wrist too. That would teach them.

Note for reporter - for "wrecked" read defaced.
For "distraught" read angry in the extreme.
These are mindless actions by poorly idiots. If the law catches up with them, we will expect punative action. Something along the lines of having their spray cans confiscated perhaps! Maybe a slapped wrist too. That would teach them. Note for reporter - for "wrecked" read defaced. For "distraught" read angry in the extreme. Red Leader 1
  • Score: 31

12:05pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Tig says...

Find out where they live and, if they own vehicles, spray them with paint. In fact, spray anything they own with paint and see how they like it.
Find out where they live and, if they own vehicles, spray them with paint. In fact, spray anything they own with paint and see how they like it. Tig
  • Score: 44

12:10pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Rich© says...

when they catch the little feckers I'd make them clean it off with members of the public invited to watch & mock them !!!!
when they catch the little feckers I'd make them clean it off with members of the public invited to watch & mock them !!!! Rich©
  • Score: 50

12:16pm Sun 23 Mar 14

rebelred says...

Absolute disgrace. There are some scum around. Few and far between but ruin it for good upstanding citizens. Should have severe punishment but will get away with tap on the wrist
Absolute disgrace. There are some scum around. Few and far between but ruin it for good upstanding citizens. Should have severe punishment but will get away with tap on the wrist rebelred
  • Score: 31

12:25pm Sun 23 Mar 14

fireflier says...

We need to reinstall the local stocks for cretins like this.
A couple of days sitting there while to community heap sh1t on them would get the message across.
We need to reinstall the local stocks for cretins like this. A couple of days sitting there while to community heap sh1t on them would get the message across. fireflier
  • Score: 33

12:29pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Arjay says...

As others have said, if they are caught and convicted, there will probably be no effective sanction against them. I'm not sure you can just 'clean off' this kind of graffitti -- as the article says, restoration is likely to be very expensive.
Now, making the offenders (or their parents or guardians) responsible for the TOTAL cost of the restoration might be more effective... but in our modern 'enlightened 'society, there are probably some sort of 'human rights' issues with that obvious solution.

Meanwhile, the fact the Echo has published images of this 'handiwork' could well encourage copycat attacks elsewhere.......' let's see if we can get our graffitti attack in the paper too'....
As others have said, if they are caught and convicted, there will probably be no effective sanction against them. I'm not sure you can just 'clean off' this kind of graffitti -- as the article says, restoration is likely to be very expensive. Now, making the offenders (or their parents or guardians) responsible for the TOTAL cost of the restoration might be more effective... but in our modern 'enlightened 'society, there are probably some sort of 'human rights' issues with that obvious solution. Meanwhile, the fact the Echo has published images of this 'handiwork' could well encourage copycat attacks elsewhere.......' let's see if we can get our graffitti attack in the paper too'.... Arjay
  • Score: 21

12:31pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Jetwasher says...

Lets hope that judge wiggins is not on the case when it comes to sentencing.
Lets hope that judge wiggins is not on the case when it comes to sentencing. Jetwasher
  • Score: 27

1:00pm Sun 23 Mar 14

KLH says...

Is there not one CCTV camera in the vicinity? On any building in or around the station...
Is there not one CCTV camera in the vicinity? On any building in or around the station... KLH
  • Score: 23

2:25pm Sun 23 Mar 14

X Old Bill says...

One of the really sad and pathetic points about this is that the brain dead scum who perpetrated it have entirely missed the point of why it was ever done in the first place.
When it started in large US cities on PUBLIC transport systems the offenders did so in order to get their 'work' seen by the maximum possible audience. Trains sprayed overnight were sent out into service on the public network because there was no time to clean them.
UK Train operators try to take the train out of service to reduce this effect and thus discourage graffiti, and to some extent it works.
By spraying a private train which will never be seen by anyone (apart from press photos) because it will not be used in that state, they have totally defeated their own object - and made more than a few enemies on the way.
One of the really sad and pathetic points about this is that the brain dead scum who perpetrated it have entirely missed the point of why it was ever done in the first place. When it started in large US cities on PUBLIC transport systems the offenders did so in order to get their 'work' seen by the maximum possible audience. Trains sprayed overnight were sent out into service on the public network because there was no time to clean them. UK Train operators try to take the train out of service to reduce this effect and thus discourage graffiti, and to some extent it works. By spraying a private train which will never be seen by anyone (apart from press photos) because it will not be used in that state, they have totally defeated their own object - and made more than a few enemies on the way. X Old Bill
  • Score: 13

2:45pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Lucky Rich says...

Mindless idiots ,hope they are caught & made to put the damage right at the very least .
Mindless idiots ,hope they are caught & made to put the damage right at the very least . Lucky Rich
  • Score: 17

3:19pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Buddles says...

This mindless vandalism makes my blood boil.

I know that the Met Police have a Graffitti Unit that has a database of "tags" and "typical artwork" of brainless idiots that have been caught red-handed. Does Dorset Police have something similar?

Wasn't there a mention by our government that Community Justice would be rolled out at some point? This type of crime is perfect for a Community punishment. As someone else has said, the stocks would be perfect and no, I don't give a fig about their "human rights!.
This mindless vandalism makes my blood boil. I know that the Met Police have a Graffitti Unit that has a database of "tags" and "typical artwork" of brainless idiots that have been caught red-handed. Does Dorset Police have something similar? Wasn't there a mention by our government that Community Justice would be rolled out at some point? This type of crime is perfect for a Community punishment. As someone else has said, the stocks would be perfect and no, I don't give a fig about their "human rights!. Buddles
  • Score: 15

3:32pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Bournefre says...

elite50 wrote:
This really should not be difficult to solve.
All of these mindless morons have left their initials on their handiwork.
All the police have to do is to look up the names and the approximate age groups of a group of people aged from 15 to 25 and they will find out who they are.
There are not that many people living in or near Swanage with the last names beginning with M or C or W.
Where did you get '15 - 25' from apart from the assumption that any wrongdoing must be the work of 'no-good punk kids'? As annoying as it is, thankfully graffiti doesn't seem to be as big a problem as it was when I was a kid in the 80s; those who were 'into' graffiti in the 80s would be in their 40s and 50s now, unless of course they suddenly grew out of it when they hit 25 as you seem to assume.
Also is 'BTW' really someone's initials? FYI that is also common 'text speak' for 'By The Way' so it could be a message rather than 3 people's signatures.
Don't let that get in the way of your investigation though - I'm sure shutting down the local youth club would be a good place to start.

(FYI isn't my initials BTW).
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: This really should not be difficult to solve. All of these mindless morons have left their initials on their handiwork. All the police have to do is to look up the names and the approximate age groups of a group of people aged from 15 to 25 and they will find out who they are. There are not that many people living in or near Swanage with the last names beginning with M or C or W.[/p][/quote]Where did you get '15 - 25' from apart from the assumption that any wrongdoing must be the work of 'no-good punk kids'? As annoying as it is, thankfully graffiti doesn't seem to be as big a problem as it was when I was a kid in the 80s; those who were 'into' graffiti in the 80s would be in their 40s and 50s now, unless of course they suddenly grew out of it when they hit 25 as you seem to assume. Also is 'BTW' really someone's initials? FYI that is also common 'text speak' for 'By The Way' so it could be a message rather than 3 people's signatures. Don't let that get in the way of your investigation though - I'm sure shutting down the local youth club would be a good place to start. (FYI isn't my initials BTW). Bournefre
  • Score: 4

4:49pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Buzetti says...

No doubt when caught, they will have a sob story - and it will turn out to be someone else's fault that they did it! Or, they were only exercising their human right to express their artistic instincts
Shouldn't be too tough for the cops to crack this one
No doubt when caught, they will have a sob story - and it will turn out to be someone else's fault that they did it! Or, they were only exercising their human right to express their artistic instincts Shouldn't be too tough for the cops to crack this one Buzetti
  • Score: 7

4:50pm Sun 23 Mar 14

agp1337 says...

fireflier wrote:
We need to reinstall the local stocks for cretins like this.
A couple of days sitting there while to community heap sh1t on them would get the message across.
I normally hate these suggestions of extreme punishments, but in this case I agree. The whole thing is just so pathetic and pointless. WHY???
[quote][p][bold]fireflier[/bold] wrote: We need to reinstall the local stocks for cretins like this. A couple of days sitting there while to community heap sh1t on them would get the message across.[/p][/quote]I normally hate these suggestions of extreme punishments, but in this case I agree. The whole thing is just so pathetic and pointless. WHY??? agp1337
  • Score: 11

5:32pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Turtlebay says...

Did no one see or report people trespassing on the property equipped with long ladders and gallons of paint?

Or did the Police bottle out and go back to sleep instead of attending a crime in action scene?
Did no one see or report people trespassing on the property equipped with long ladders and gallons of paint? Or did the Police bottle out and go back to sleep instead of attending a crime in action scene? Turtlebay
  • Score: 0

5:45pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Phixer says...

Controversial But True wrote:
Stupid mindless ignorant peasants!!!
That's a very demeaning comment which besmirches the millions of peasants around the world who are not stupid, mindless or ignorant.
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: Stupid mindless ignorant peasants!!![/p][/quote]That's a very demeaning comment which besmirches the millions of peasants around the world who are not stupid, mindless or ignorant. Phixer
  • Score: 1

6:27pm Sun 23 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

Catch the scumbags, and as they clearly like painting heritage railway rolling stock give them community service orders to repaint this carriage back into livery. Preferably in the traditional way appropriate to the subject, so using at least ten coats of carefully brushed synthetic paint and varnish, each thoroughly hand flattened between applications to provide a mirror finish. They might even emerge from the experience with an old fashioned but worthwhile trade skill.
Catch the scumbags, and as they clearly like painting heritage railway rolling stock give them community service orders to repaint this carriage back into livery. Preferably in the traditional way appropriate to the subject, so using at least ten coats of carefully brushed synthetic paint and varnish, each thoroughly hand flattened between applications to provide a mirror finish. They might even emerge from the experience with an old fashioned but worthwhile trade skill. muscliffman
  • Score: 9

6:51pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Fred Kite says...

BTW = Bournemouth train wreckers have seen this daubed along the Weymouth line total morons who did this
BTW = Bournemouth train wreckers have seen this daubed along the Weymouth line total morons who did this Fred Kite
  • Score: 7

7:11pm Sun 23 Mar 14

O'Reilly says...

Jetwasher wrote:
Lets hope that judge wiggins is not on the case when it comes to sentencing.
I used to post on here as wiggins - and still do on other sites - but can assure you I'm not the cretinous judge........totally agree with your comment.
[quote][p][bold]Jetwasher[/bold] wrote: Lets hope that judge wiggins is not on the case when it comes to sentencing.[/p][/quote]I used to post on here as wiggins - and still do on other sites - but can assure you I'm not the cretinous judge........totally agree with your comment. O'Reilly
  • Score: 8

7:13pm Sun 23 Mar 14

nickynoodah says...

Its my duty to keep an eye on vandals and knobdirts you know.
Its my duty to keep an eye on vandals and knobdirts you know. nickynoodah
  • Score: -9

7:24pm Sun 23 Mar 14

breamoreboy says...

As they used to say in all the good old black and white westerns "Have a fair trial, then hang 'em"', and as Del Boy said, not necessarily by the neck.
As they used to say in all the good old black and white westerns "Have a fair trial, then hang 'em"', and as Del Boy said, not necessarily by the neck. breamoreboy
  • Score: 4

7:35pm Sun 23 Mar 14

beej22 says...

Tig wrote:
Find out where they live and, if they own vehicles, spray them with paint. In fact, spray anything they own with paint and see how they like it.
spray them with paint too, preferably luminous so s they can't sneak around at night being naughty :)
[quote][p][bold]Tig[/bold] wrote: Find out where they live and, if they own vehicles, spray them with paint. In fact, spray anything they own with paint and see how they like it.[/p][/quote]spray them with paint too, preferably luminous so s they can't sneak around at night being naughty :) beej22
  • Score: 4

8:28pm Sun 23 Mar 14

ImaxDeveloper says...

Fred Kite wrote:
BTW = Bournemouth train wreckers have seen this daubed along the Weymouth line total morons who did this
BTW = Boys from The Woods
HC = Horror Crew
[quote][p][bold]Fred Kite[/bold] wrote: BTW = Bournemouth train wreckers have seen this daubed along the Weymouth line total morons who did this[/p][/quote]BTW = Boys from The Woods HC = Horror Crew ImaxDeveloper
  • Score: 0

9:33pm Sun 23 Mar 14

whataboutthat says...

Art take many forms and determines many tastes. And arguments about same. Art takes place in many locations. Including railway carriages. That'sjust the way it is.
Art take many forms and determines many tastes. And arguments about same. Art takes place in many locations. Including railway carriages. That'sjust the way it is. whataboutthat
  • Score: -22

9:56pm Sun 23 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

whataboutthat wrote:
Art take many forms and determines many tastes. And arguments about same. Art takes place in many locations. Including railway carriages. That'sjust the way it is.
Fine, so let us know where your front door is and where you park your private car and we can all show you some art....just the way it is!

Indeed art has it's place, but this does not include using private or public property without permission as the canvas for it - because at that point 'art' becomes wanton vandalism.
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: Art take many forms and determines many tastes. And arguments about same. Art takes place in many locations. Including railway carriages. That'sjust the way it is.[/p][/quote]Fine, so let us know where your front door is and where you park your private car and we can all show you some art....just the way it is! Indeed art has it's place, but this does not include using private or public property without permission as the canvas for it - because at that point 'art' becomes wanton vandalism. muscliffman
  • Score: 17

10:46pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

It should be easy to find the culprit. It is like a thief who leaves behind his signature.

When they find him (or her) the only punishment is to make them pay for the complete restoration, even if it means they lose all benefits. If they refuse, then jail them until they comply. And remove all benefits from them and their families, including social housing, until they agree to pay it back.

They thought they were being 'clever'. Now it is up to the magistrates to set them right. I fear they will be let off, after 'social reports'.

Life is tough. So be tough.
It should be easy to find the culprit. It is like a thief who leaves behind his signature. When they find him (or her) the only punishment is to make them pay for the complete restoration, even if it means they lose all benefits. If they refuse, then jail them until they comply. And remove all benefits from them and their families, including social housing, until they agree to pay it back. They thought they were being 'clever'. Now it is up to the magistrates to set them right. I fear they will be let off, after 'social reports'. Life is tough. So be tough. Yankee1
  • Score: 6

7:35am Mon 24 Mar 14

KLH says...

whataboutthat wrote:
Art take many forms and determines many tastes. And arguments about same. Art takes place in many locations. Including railway carriages. That'sjust the way it is.
From an apologist of Richard Carr's idea of a good night out if I remember, so yes, a shoulder shrug attitude to people vandalising other people's property - yes that figures! Unless it happens to me sort of person I guess, then it will be a different matter...
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: Art take many forms and determines many tastes. And arguments about same. Art takes place in many locations. Including railway carriages. That'sjust the way it is.[/p][/quote]From an apologist of Richard Carr's idea of a good night out if I remember, so yes, a shoulder shrug attitude to people vandalising other people's property - yes that figures! Unless it happens to me sort of person I guess, then it will be a different matter... KLH
  • Score: 7

9:26am Mon 24 Mar 14

elite50 says...

Bournefre wrote:
elite50 wrote:
This really should not be difficult to solve.
All of these mindless morons have left their initials on their handiwork.
All the police have to do is to look up the names and the approximate age groups of a group of people aged from 15 to 25 and they will find out who they are.
There are not that many people living in or near Swanage with the last names beginning with M or C or W.
Where did you get '15 - 25' from apart from the assumption that any wrongdoing must be the work of 'no-good punk kids'? As annoying as it is, thankfully graffiti doesn't seem to be as big a problem as it was when I was a kid in the 80s; those who were 'into' graffiti in the 80s would be in their 40s and 50s now, unless of course they suddenly grew out of it when they hit 25 as you seem to assume.
Also is 'BTW' really someone's initials? FYI that is also common 'text speak' for 'By The Way' so it could be a message rather than 3 people's signatures.
Don't let that get in the way of your investigation though - I'm sure shutting down the local youth club would be a good place to start.

(FYI isn't my initials BTW).
Since you obviously associated with the people who were "into" graffiti in the 80s. You can probably understand how you and your group grew up.
Kids do stupid things (remember?).
That is why the assumption is that young people are involved.
[quote][p][bold]Bournefre[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: This really should not be difficult to solve. All of these mindless morons have left their initials on their handiwork. All the police have to do is to look up the names and the approximate age groups of a group of people aged from 15 to 25 and they will find out who they are. There are not that many people living in or near Swanage with the last names beginning with M or C or W.[/p][/quote]Where did you get '15 - 25' from apart from the assumption that any wrongdoing must be the work of 'no-good punk kids'? As annoying as it is, thankfully graffiti doesn't seem to be as big a problem as it was when I was a kid in the 80s; those who were 'into' graffiti in the 80s would be in their 40s and 50s now, unless of course they suddenly grew out of it when they hit 25 as you seem to assume. Also is 'BTW' really someone's initials? FYI that is also common 'text speak' for 'By The Way' so it could be a message rather than 3 people's signatures. Don't let that get in the way of your investigation though - I'm sure shutting down the local youth club would be a good place to start. (FYI isn't my initials BTW).[/p][/quote]Since you obviously associated with the people who were "into" graffiti in the 80s. You can probably understand how you and your group grew up. Kids do stupid things (remember?). That is why the assumption is that young people are involved. elite50
  • Score: 1

10:03am Mon 24 Mar 14

speedy231278 says...

Red Leader 1 wrote:
These are mindless actions by poorly idiots.
If the law catches up with them, we will expect punative action.
Something along the lines of having their spray cans confiscated perhaps!
Maybe a slapped wrist too. That would teach them.

Note for reporter - for "wrecked" read defaced.
For "distraught" read angry in the extreme.
If you had any idea just how much time and effort goes into restoring and maintaining carriages such as this (never mind wooden bodied ones) then you would not be trivialising the use of the word distraught!
[quote][p][bold]Red Leader 1[/bold] wrote: These are mindless actions by poorly idiots. If the law catches up with them, we will expect punative action. Something along the lines of having their spray cans confiscated perhaps! Maybe a slapped wrist too. That would teach them. Note for reporter - for "wrecked" read defaced. For "distraught" read angry in the extreme.[/p][/quote]If you had any idea just how much time and effort goes into restoring and maintaining carriages such as this (never mind wooden bodied ones) then you would not be trivialising the use of the word distraught! speedy231278
  • Score: 3

1:33pm Mon 24 Mar 14

RickB says...

I only hope that by showcasing the vandals "handy work" it doesnt encourage others to do the same for the 5 minutes of fame/bragging rights gained by having images displayed in the paper.
I only hope that by showcasing the vandals "handy work" it doesnt encourage others to do the same for the 5 minutes of fame/bragging rights gained by having images displayed in the paper. RickB
  • Score: 3

2:29am Tue 25 Mar 14

guisselle says...

Trivial Pursuit Whats my Line is there nothing else to do In Swanage its such
a lovely place to visit Painting Wagons is par for the course!
Trivial Pursuit Whats my Line is there nothing else to do In Swanage its such a lovely place to visit Painting Wagons is par for the course! guisselle
  • Score: 0

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