CCTV needed to deter vandals at museum

EXTRA security cameras are to be installed at a museum after vandals targeted the site five times in less than three months. Ramsey Rural Museum was targeted for the fifth time on Monday at about 8.45pm when the windscreen of a old milk float was smashed.

EXTRA security cameras are to be installed at a museum after vandals targeted the site five times in less than three months.

Ramsey Rural Museum was targeted for the fifth time on Monday at about 8.45pm when the windscreen of a old milk float was smashed.

It had been parked in a yard at the back of the museum in Wood Lane.

The 1960s vehicle is believed to be one of the last remaining from the former Owls End Dairy in Bury and was donated to the museum a year ago when the Ramsey milkman of more than 30 years, Mick Breeze, retired. The float was due to be restored and put on display.


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Jane Yardley, a volunteer at the museum, told The Hunts Post: "The milk float was completely trashed - not an inch of glass was left on it. It's going to cost more to repair than it would have cost to restore. It really is upsetting."

Mrs Yardley added that this had been the fifth time the museum had been targeted by vandals since Christmas. Previous attacks include a well being damaged and having traffic cones and rubbish thrown down it, and museum windows being smashed.

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She added: "It always happens at night-time during the school holidays. It is very upsetting as we are all volunteers and the museum relies on fundraising and all the money we have raised so far this year is now being spent on repairs. Some windows have had to be replaced several times."

And the extra security could reach a few thousand pounds.

"It is such an awful state of affairs," she Mrs Yardley. "If these people are bored then why not instead of vandalising museum property, volunteer at the museum and help restore the milk float.

"I would say 99 per cent of the children in the local area are absolutely marvellous but it is that one or two who spoil things for everyone else."

The museum was also targeted by metal thieves just before Christmas - they tried to rip lead off the roof but left empty handed after being disturbed.

INFORMATION: Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Suzanne Pickard on 0845 4564564 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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