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policenorthwoodcharmA dispute has erupted at the Conflict History and Remembrance Museum in Northwood, with Police yesterday (Thursday) preventing the museum’s managers, Stan and Jane Baker, from entering the property.

Officers from Hampshire Constabulary were instructed by land owner Jon Hinchcliffe – who lives in America – to prevent the couple from entering the property after control of the museum has been unexpectedly passed on to another person, Jurek Michalski, also known as Sid.

Island Echo understands accusations have been made that the site was being mismanaged under Stan and Jane’s control, a claim they have rubbished. The pair have built up the charity over the past 18 months and have invested their own time and money into the charity and were due to move into an on-site bungalow later this month.

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Stan said:

“Having spent the last 18 months juggling between getting the museum open and at last a tourist place that people actually want to visit, doing casework and supporting my family, as well as raising funds to get the work done, we are now virtually homeless and emotionally broken”.

The couple say they will fight the situation through the legal system.

Supporters of the charity have expressed their shock at the situation and say they fully support Stan and Jane. Police remain outside the museum today (Friday).

An event by Independent Arts, due to be held at C.H.A.R.M next week, has been cancelled.

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The Isle of Wight Military History Museum, the previous guise of the site, closed in October 2013.

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