A huge section of track has been stolen from a beloved miniature railway track in Bolton.
The damage to the family attraction at Moss Bank Park is estimated to be worth £20,000, the BBC reports.
Volunteers who run the Bolton miniature railway believe it was targeted because of the valuable aluminium used in the metal tracks.
It only reopened to the public two months ago after volunteers worked through the pandemic to restore it.
Tracey Stirling from the Moss Bank Park Model Engineering Society told the BBC: “It is soul destroying. They have taken the majority of the track.
“There’s always been a railway at Moss Bank Park, but nobody has ever destroyed the rails.
“We can’t just patch it up – we will have to start afresh.”
In the miniature railway’s Facebook page, someone wrote: “Last weekend I was driving the train in Mossbank Park we had about 300 happy passengers this week nothing and why because about 98% of the track has been stolen, if anyone knows anything we need your help it’s going to take months to put right.
“A BIG SORRY TO ALL THE DISAPPOINTED CHILDREN.”
Another said: “Such a shock and so upsetting. Unfortunately these are the days we are living in.”
Someone else wrote: “Absolutely gutted to hear about the scum bags that have pinched the track, I know how much hard work has gone into getting this up and running.”
Greater Manchester Police said enquiries were ongoing and asked anyone with information to get in touch.
The Moss Bank Park miniature railway is now accepting donations here.
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