‘Vulnerable’ York stone flags stolen

DANGEROUS: Thieves have left a gaping hole in the pavement after taking York stone flags.
DANGEROUS: Thieves have left a gaping hole in the pavement after taking York stone flags.

THIEVES have prised up valuable York stone flags - leaving a dangerous hole in the pavement.

The flags were taken from Station Approach, near Tesco in Cleckheaton, last week.

They were next to an area which had previously been filled in by Kirklees Council following an earlier theft of flags.

Ward councillors have reported the theft to the council.

Coun Andrew Pinnock (Lib Dem, Cleckheaton) said he believed Kirklees Council would work quickly to fill in the hole.

He said: “People want the stone. Quite what they are doing with it, I don’t know, but there is a market for good York stone and I assume this is of reasonably good quality.

“It is going to be vulnerable, especially in a location like that.”

Kirklees Streetscene has urged people to report suspicious activity following more than 20 thefts of flagstones in the past three months.

Streetscene Cabinet member Coun David Sheard (Lab, Heckmondwike) said: “The number of thefts has been increasing because of the economic downturn.

“This in turn makes it harder for the council to find the funds to make the pavements safe again for local people to use.

“I would ask anyone who has seen anything suspicious to contact the council or the police without delay in order to help prevent these costly, dangerous and callous thefts.”

To report paving stone theft ring 0800 731 8765.