By Callum Erskine
The Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone hosted the 44th annual exhibition of The Folkestone, Hythe & District Model railway club last weekend where an incident occurred involving the theft of a model train set.
A teenage male approached a stand selling model trains and other merchandise relating to the hobby, he proceeded to pick up a valuable model train and sneak it under his hooded top.
The stall owner had spotted the culprit and called venue staff to stop him.
Members of security held the boy at the venue for 1 hour and 15 minutes whilst they waited for police to arrive. The local station is located less than a ten minute walk away from the venue and this response time has been branded unacceptable by employees.
One member of staff said: “it’s really not ideal… we are trying to run an event smoothly and waiting on the police alone used up valuable time and members of staff”
This incident is not the fist time staff at the Leas Cliff Hall have been left waiting on the police.
In January 2014, officers were called to a disturbance when a member of the Pantomime audience assaulted an employee of the Ambassador Theatre Group venue.
The response time on that occasion was 45 minutes.
In a statement released by the press office Kent Police say: “The model railway had been returned to the owner, who told officers he did not want police to take any further formal action.”