Police at Lymington are appealing for information about three “O” gauge locomotives that were stolen from a car in the eastbound A31 lay-by on Friday, May 31, between 2 and 3pm.
The owner of the collectable models parked his 1968 Volkswagen Beetle with full “Herbie” livery in the lay-by near Picket Post services when the car developed a fuel fault. The owner, a 46-year-old Brighton man, walked to a petrol station.

When he returned to the car, he found it had been broken into, and three collectable locomotives were stolen.

They are a Great Western Railway Manor Class “Cookham Manor” 7808, valued at £1,200; a Heljan Hjmek H D7018, valued at £400 and a Heljan Hjmek H D7040, also valued at £400. All three locomotives were boxed and in a black holdall.

Lymington PC Ian Cross wants to hear from anyone who saw the distinctive VW parked in the lay-by or who saw a dark grey or silver people carrier parked near the VW or pulling out of the lay-by onto the A31.

“The Volkswagen is distinctive because of the ‘Herbie’ livery, and the locomotives are valuable collectable items. Has anyone seen them offered for sale locally or in specialist magazines? If so, please get in touch with me,” PC Cross said.

RMS Number: 44130197316

Additional Info

Police Incident NumberPC Ian Cross
Police ForceHampshire Constabulary 0845 045 45 45