Double arson attacks leave volunteers in shock

Arson attack at Ecclesbourne valley railway. Martin Miller looks at the damage.
Arson attack at Ecclesbourne valley railway. Martin Miller looks at the damage.
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Shocked volunteers on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway have spoken of their sadness and dismay after two arson attacks were carried out at their premises.

Some time between 7pm on Friday and 5am on Saturday, two separate fires were started at Wirksworth station.

The engine shed on site was torched and a fire was also started in a carriage, used for guards to take breaks in.

Martin Miller, general manager at the station since it opened 11 years ago, said: “We are an entirely volunteer run organisation and these attacks have been extremely demoralising for us all.

“I just hope police catch whoever is responsible for this mean act as it has caused sadness and dismay for the whole team – we are still very shocked.”

Police and Wirksworth firefighters attended the incident when it was reported by railway volunteers at 5.24am on Sunday.

An investigation was carried out by crews at the scene, who confirmed they believe that both fires were started deliberately.

Martin said: “I cannot understand why anybody would want to target us like this.

“It’s very upsetting.

“I urge anybody with information to do the right thing and tell the police – this criminal must be caught!”

Police have launched a criminal investigation into the incident and anyone with information is asked to call 101.