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Group who trashed historic carriages on North Yorkshire Moors railway sentenced

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A group of eight teenagers who trashed carriages on a historic train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) have been sentenced in court.
The group broke into carriages on one of the railways 1930's Gresly Teak Set trains stationed at Pickering station on 23 July last year, causing over £27,000 of damage. Every light fittings was smashed, mirrors were broken, furniture ripped and wooden panels damaged. Food and wine stolen from the train was also consumed by the group and thrown over the carriages. The damage was discovered by a member of rail staff who alerted the police.


An investigation was launched and CCTV footage from a level crossing nearby captured the group in the area at the time of the incident. They were spoken to and subsequently charged with theft and criminal damage. They pleaded guilty and received the following - 

On 26 April at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court Mollie Dawson (18) of Keld Head Orchard in  Kirbymoorside was sentenced to a twelve month conditional discharge and ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £635.88 (this includes £530.88 in compensation). On the same day Benjamin Terry (19) of Jute Road in York was sentenced to a twelve month conditional discharge and ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £135.88 (this includes £30.88 in compensation).

On 13 March at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court a 17-year old boy from Pickering was ordered to pay compensation of £530.88 and will have to complete a twelve month youth offending panel contract.

On 27/03/18 at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court a 17-year-old girl from Pickering and a 17-year-old boy from Ampleforth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were both ordered to pay compensation of £535.88 and will have to complete a twelve month youth offending panel contract.

On 10/04/2018 at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court a 17-year-old male from Malton was ordered to pay compensation of £535.88 and will have to complete a twelve month youth offending panel contract.

On 13/03/2018 at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court two 17-year-old boys from Pickering were sentenced to a youth offending panel contract for six months and will have to pay fines & costs totalling £ 135.88 each. 


Sergeant Nigel Ashworth from British Transport Police said, “The NYMR is a charitable trust which relies solely upon donations and hard work by volunteers. Seven carriages in total were damaged by the atrocious behaviour of this group, every light fitting was smashed, furniture ripped and windows broken. The repair bill totalled over £27,000.  In addition to the financial outlay, it must have also been heart breaking for all those who had invested a considerable amount of time and hard work to see it destroyed in this way by these mindless vandals. Each carriage had taken a minimum of two years to restore by volunteers; one carriage in particular took over 22 years.”

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