A PENSIONER has been "dragged down the road" as he tried to stop thieves taking his model train.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a model train was stolen from a Chilworth garden on June 7.

At around 12pm, a 75-year-old man was at home when two unknown men entered his garden and stole a model train valued at £6,000 from the shed.

The owner followed them and the pair tried to get away in a car driven by a third man on Manor Road, Chilworth.

He got hold of his train as the car drove off and was allegedly dragged around 30ft along the road at speed before letting go.

The victim sustained minor injuries and was helped back home by staff from a nearby nursing home.

The car has been described as a dark blue Volkswagen Golf with a registration of "YH04", and had a smashed rear windscreen covered with brown parcel tape. 

The men have been described as white, aged between 30 and 40-years-old. 

One of them was 5ft 8in tall, bald, of heavy build, and was wearing a grey hoodie and jeans.

The driver is believed to go by the name Paul. 

PC Mike Elwood said: “If you have seen a model train like this recently or been offered to buy one, we want to hear from you.

“Similarly, we are keen to trace the car and its occupants and want to speak to any witnesses to this incident, which could have resulted in much more serious injuries to a vulnerable member of the community.”

Call 101 or report online, quoting reference number 44210221809.