"Bizarre" sign theft from model village

Brian Newman-Smith where the sign used to be

Staff noticed the sign was missing on Tuesday

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A LARGE sign advertising a popular south Bucks tourist attraction has gone missing from its entrance.

An eight ft by four ft framed poster was unscrewed from a fence outside Bekonscot Model Village and Railway, in Warwick Road, Beaconsfield.

Now staff fear profits, which are donated to charities and organisations, will be cut if the sign is not found because a replacement will cost £300.

Maura Buckland, marketing manager at the model village, said she was amazed by the theft of the sign, showing a windmill and two children playing.

He said: “Because of its size and weight, it would certainly have needed two to three people to carry it.

“It really isn’t of any use to anybody else and was something that wasn’t going to be changed yet.

“The money really would have to come out of our profits.”

Managing director Brian Newman-Smith described the incident as “totally bizarre”.

He said: “Whether someone thought it was aluminium and an eight by four sheet I don’t know.”

Staff, who have been searching nearby roads for the sign, noticed it was missing when leaving work on Tuesday.

It follows a spate of incidents involving signs for the model village. Earlier this year a car park board was taken and discovered by a member of the public in the Farnham area.

Then, in June, a road sign to the attraction was changed to point to “incinerator village” in protest at a now dropped plan to place a burner in south Bucks.

Mrs Buckland said she did not believe they were linked.

She added: “I can’t think why anyone would stop and unscrew the sign and go off with it. It’s a pretty hefty size. It’s just a pity that somebody felt they needed to take it.”

Thames Valley Police spokesman Pierre du Bois said the force was aware of the theft and is investigating.

If you have any information call police on 08458 505 505 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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7:06pm Thu 2 Oct 08

ivor says...

“The money really would have to come out of our profits.”

Are they not insured?

Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “YOUR SAY” link at the top of the page then click on “BLOGS”.
“The money really would have to come out of our profits.” Are they not insured? Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “YOUR SAY” link at the top of the page then click on “BLOGS”. ivor
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7:26pm Thu 2 Oct 08

SDJones says...

they mustve got some profits from the BBC Mutual Friends programme which featured the model village in one of the episodes! why not keep some of the profits to buy a new sign im sure people who pay to get in wont mind.
they mustve got some profits from the BBC Mutual Friends programme which featured the model village in one of the episodes! why not keep some of the profits to buy a new sign im sure people who pay to get in wont mind. SDJones
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9:28pm Thu 2 Oct 08

faisal mahmood says...

Nice place to take the kids in the summer holidays!
Nice place to take the kids in the summer holidays! faisal mahmood
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11:11pm Thu 2 Oct 08

Plus ça change... says...

Will there be a mini-version of the new motorway service area?

Will there be a mini-version of the new motorway service area? Plus ça change...
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12:18am Fri 3 Oct 08

Steve Totteridge Hill says...

Ask the new students at our fine old/new colege sorry universiti touwn...

Not much real teaching on the curriculum then?
Ask the new students at our fine old/new colege sorry universiti touwn... Not much real teaching on the curriculum then? Steve Totteridge Hill
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8:09am Fri 3 Oct 08

Regular Poster says...

£300 is nothing for the amount that Beckonscot rake in.
£300 is nothing for the amount that Beckonscot rake in. Regular Poster
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10:14am Fri 3 Oct 08

timbo says...

They rake it in because it's a great place to visit! And all of the money they get goes to local charities. So it's local people who are going to suffer at the hands of the people who stole the sign. I guess if they claimed insurance, premiums go up and then even less money goes to those charities.
They rake it in because it's a great place to visit! And all of the money they get goes to local charities. So it's local people who are going to suffer at the hands of the people who stole the sign. I guess if they claimed insurance, premiums go up and then even less money goes to those charities. timbo
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12:30pm Fri 3 Oct 08

Tired Red says...

ivor wrote:
“The money really would have to come out of our profits.” Are they not insured? Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “YOUR SAY” link at the top of the page then click on “BLOGS”.
Ivor

And what if they are insured?

Does that give anyone the right to take something which is not theirs.

Presumably you have insurance on
your property.

Should we take that to mean that we can all help ourselves to your property.
[quote][p][bold]ivor[/bold] wrote: “The money really would have to come out of our profits.” Are they not insured? Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “YOUR SAY” link at the top of the page then click on “BLOGS”.[/p][/quote]Ivor And what if they are insured? Does that give anyone the right to take something which is not theirs. Presumably you have insurance on your property. Should we take that to mean that we can all help ourselves to your property. Tired Red
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12:56pm Thu 29 Jan 09

memorymantom says...

Let us look the theft of the sign in a different light.

Things are only stolen if they are of value to the thief or have some signifigant importance.

It reminds me of the Abbey Road sign made famous by the Beatles which the council replace on nearly a daily basis! Even Fred West's house sign on Cromwell Street did a vanishing act!-Now that would be one to look out for on ebay!

And someone must know the culprits.Could it be a disgruntled employee or competitor.-That £300 would be better spent as an inncentive to make a proscecution.
Let us look the theft of the sign in a different light. Things are only stolen if they are of value to the thief or have some signifigant importance. It reminds me of the Abbey Road sign made famous by the Beatles which the council replace on nearly a daily basis! Even Fred West's house sign on Cromwell Street did a vanishing act!-Now that would be one to look out for on ebay! And someone must know the culprits.Could it be a disgruntled employee or competitor.-That £300 would be better spent as an inncentive to make a proscecution. memorymantom
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