Thieves make off with flag­stones

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

BRAZEN thieves have ripped up valu­able flag­stones from Ac­cring­ton pave­ments.

Foot­paths on Av­enue Pa­rade, Spencer Street, Wil­liam Street and Foster Street were among those tar­geted on the evening of Fri­day, Septem­ber 8.

Coun Ea­monn Hig­gins said: “It looks like they have tar­geted the area around Av­enue Pa­rade and some have also gone on Spencer Street as well. I re­ported it to the po­lice and they said that a lot of the bor­ough had been hit with stone thefts on Fri­day night so they could be the same gang.

“Some­body has just bla­tantly lifted the flags from the foot­paths. A lot of the bor­ough has been af­fected in re­cent months. They now seem to be just dig­ging up the flags and get­ting any­thing they can get their hands on. It’s just ridicu­lous and dan­ger­ous.”

Lan­cashire Po­lice said the stones were stolen from 8pm to 10.30pm.

Dwayne Lowe, the county coun­cil’s area high­ways man­ager for Hyn­d­burn, said: “One of our en­gi­neers will as­sess th­ese lo­ca­tions and the af­fected ar­eas will be cov­ered soon after.

“Spencer Street and Av­enue Pa­rade were both sub­ject to sim­i­lar thefts back in April. The Gar­den Street and Aitken Street area of Ac­cring­ton was also the sub­ject to sim­i­lar thefts last year. We ask peo­ple to keep their eyes open and alert the po­lice if they see peo­ple re­mov­ing stone flags.”

Coun­cil­lor Ea­monn Hig­gins at one of the spots where flag­stones were stolen

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