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Pieces of automotive history sold off in Kent

A private collection of vintage and veteran vehicles is going under the hammer at Staplehurst in Kent. The cars, trucks and buses belonged to local character Michael Banfield, who dedicated much of his life to restoring them.

Andrea Thomas went to have a look at the lots. She spoke to auctioneer Malcolm Barber and vehicle restorer Ray Ingram.

Collection of vintage vehicles up for auction in Kent

Vintage vehicle sale Credit: ITV news

A private collection of vintage vehicles is going under the hammer at Staplehurst in Kent. The cars, trucks and buses belong to local man Michael Banfield, who dedicated much of his life to restoring them.

Auctioneers Bonhams describe it as an extraordinary auction. The collection started in 1959 and with over a thousand lots including a Rolls Royce from 1914, a Merrryweather Fire Engine, a Leyland Titan double decker bus and a 1935 Austin 12 London Taxi.

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Model engine, worth £8000, taken from shop

The vintage traction engine weighs 12kg and is worth £8000 Credit: Kent Police

A model of a vintage traction engine, which weighs 12kg and is worth £8000, has been taken from a shop in Staplehurst.

The model is of a Burrell Showman's style engine, with the words 'Probyn Amusements Maidstone' written across the top.

It is believed to have been stolen on the 18th September, although the owners of the Maxitrak store in Lodge Road did not realise it was missing from the display until the 20th September.

CCTV shows a man enter the shop and take the engine.

DC Lynne Mercer from Maidstone Police Station said, "The offender is described as a white male, who was wearing a navy blue hoodie, jeans and white trainers.

"No car was seen at the time, but given the size and weight of the model, it is suspected he would have left the area in a vehicle."

Anyone with information should contact DC Lynne Mercer on 01622 604271 quoting crime number YY/18855/13.

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