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.