Offered Yorkshire Stone At A Price So Low It's Criminal? There’s Every Chance It Will Be, Wakefield Police Warn
Friday July 5, 2019
Police are advising residents to be on their guard if offered Yorkshire stone at ‘too good to be true’ prices following recent thefts in Wakefield District.
The Wakefield Central NPT are investigating the recent theft of Yorkshire stone from a path leading from Westfield Road in Wakefield and are advising anyone offered stone for sale at a price so low it’s a steal, that the material has most probably been stolen.
They have also warned thieves that Yorkshire stone in the area is now being marked with Smartwater meaning it can be traced and easily identified as stolen by police and dealers.
Stone slabs were taken from a footpath leading from Westfield Road to Barr Lane (during the weekends of June 15th and 16th and June 22 and 23rd and thieves would have needed a van or large vehicle to remove them.Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw persons removing the slabs during the period or who has any information
PCSO Julie Wood of Wakefield Central NPT, said: “We are investigating this recent theft from a path leading off Westfield Road and would like to speak with anyone who can assist our enquiry.
“I’d also ask residents and local stone masons to be wary and contact us if they are offered Yorkshire stone at prices which are obviously too low, as there is every chance it will have been stolen.
“We are now SmartWater marking stone flags in the Westfield Road area so it can be traced and easily identified as stolen.
“Anyone who has information is asked to contact the Wakefield Central NPT on 101 referencing police crime number 13190315685.
“Information can also be given online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat or anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.