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Family left steaming after model train stolen from Chatham driveway

PUBLISHED: 15:38 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:38 09 August 2017

The steam engine was stolen from Chatham on Sunday night

The steam engine was stolen from Chatham on Sunday night

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The Sentinel Steam Wagon was stolen on Sunday night

It had made a number of appearances at steam festival around the countryIt had made a number of appearances at steam festival around the country

A family of steam engine enthusiasts have been left devastated after they were robbed of a “precious” model steam wagon over the weekend.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the Sentinel Steam Engine, which has appeared at festivals around the county. was taken overnight on Sunday, August 6.

Chatham resident Ian Day built the engine 15 years ago, with the help of brother-in-law Peter Shropshall.

Mr Shropsall told KoS: “Ian originally wanted to build it with his dad, but due to his failing eyesight at the time, Ian made it without him, the two of them had a real passion for engineering and steam engines.

“It took him around five years to build and it’s a really distinctive model, it has become really precious to the family since his father passed away several years ago.”

The blue steam wagon, which has a red chassis and gold trim, has toured the country, appearing around Kent including at the Kent County Show and the Dartford Steam Rally.

“We don’t know how people may have stolen it,” added Mr Shropsall, “It’s always locked away tight on the drive, someone must have known it was in there to try and get in and make off with it.”

A spokesperson from Kent Police said: “Kent Police was called at 10.01am on Monday August 7 to a report of a trailer being stolen from a driveway in Lords Wood Lane, Chatham. The trailer is reported to have contained a replica steam engine. Anyone with information can call Kent Police on 01634 792209 quoting reference 07-0326. Enquiries into the theft are ongoing.”

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