Thieves steal flagstones from West Craven heritage trail

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Barnoldswick councillors have condemned the theft of stone flags from an historic route in the town last week.

Six Yorkstone paving flags were stolen overnight between Thursday and Friday from Clough Park.

Coun. David Whipp said: “These flags have been stolen from an important heritage route.

“The path is part of our Stream and Steam Trail through the town. By the looks of it, the thieves may have been disturbed, as several more flags have been loosened, but not taken.

“The thieves took the flags towards Forty Steps and probably loaded them onto a vehicle at the bottom of Longfield Lane.”

Coun. Marjorie Adams said: “This theft is the latest in a list of stone thefts in Barnoldswick.

“Recently, stone flags were stolen from a path off Gisburn Road on two separate occasions.

“The missing flags at Clough Park are from a very dark section of the path and there’s a great risk that someone could injure themselves badly if they trip and fall.

“It’s disgusting that criminals are just helping themselves to our heritage.”

The stone flagged path through the park was re-laid and improved in 2007 as part of the Stream and Steam heritage scheme in the town.

Anyone with information should speak to the police by calling 101, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.