The Mary Valley Heritage Railway's historic station and train carriages have been vandalised a number of times over the past couple of years.
The Mary Valley Heritage Railway's historic station and train carriages have been vandalised a number of times over the past couple of years. Craig Warhurst

Petty criminals target MVHR

ONGOING break-ins and vandalism at the Mary Valley Heritage Railway have put a strain on the not-for-profit group, which is constantly required to fork out money for repairs.

MVHR manager Jim Walker said while police had caught nearly every offender in the past two years, the group’s budget was stretched by damage repairs.

He said a security upgrade, which would include CCTV cameras at the historic railway station and its precinct, would soon help reduce the number of petty crimes committed in the area.

The Gympie Times spoke to Mr Walker yesterday after another window was smashed at MVHR sometime between 5pm Monday and 8.20am Tuesday when it was reported to police. Officers said a metal rod was thrown through a large window pane on the old ticket office near the subway but nothing was reported stolen and it didn’t appear to be a break-in.

There were no suspects yesterday and police asked for anyone with information to come forward, either anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to the Gympie Station on 5480 4421.

Mr Walker said it had been three weeks since the last break-in and members were looking forward to increased security in the near future.

“The security upgrade is going to solve many of the problems, but having said that, we feel we’ve had the minimum number of incidents that you might expect.

“We get on very well with the young people from the nearby school and don’t have any problems there.”

Mr Walker urged people to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity around the MVHR and report it to police.

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