Seven streets hit by paving stone thefts

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

AT least SEVEN Hyn­d­burn streets have been tar­geted by stone flag thieves in four weeks, it’s been con­firmed.

Lan­cashire County Coun­cil said Napier Street, Fos­ter Street, Av­enue Pa­rade, Royds Street, Spencer Street and Lime Road in Ac­cring­ton, and Lock Street in Oswaldtwistle have been dam­aged since mid-Septem­ber.

Some have been tar­geted twice.

The Ob­server re­ported last week how more than 20 ‘high value’ paving stones were stolen from Lock Street overnight to the ‘shock’ of res­i­dents the next morn­ing.

County hall bosses said they are in the process of re­port­ing the in­ci­dents to po­lice.

Dwayne Lowe, Lan­cashire County Coun­cil high­ways man­ager, said: “There have been a num­ber of in­ci­dents re­cently in­volv­ing the theft of stone flags in the Hyn­d­burn area.

“This week we have made tem­po­rary re­pairs to Lock Street with as­phalt to make the sur­face safe, how­ever as this is a con­ser­va­tion area we will con­tact Hyn­d­burn coun­cil to dis­cuss an ap­pro­pri­ate per­ma­nent re­pair.

“If the county coun­cil is re­plac­ing a foot­way we al­ways con­tact res­i­dents by let­ter be­fore­hand.”

Fed-up Ob­server read­ers have hit out at the thefts on our Face­book page.

Ju­dith Ad­di­son said: “This has been go­ing on for well over 12 months - you’d think the po­lice would have some ‘leads’ by now!”

Jowad Ahmed said: “That’s des­per­ate!”

Gary Brit­land said: “‘In the process’? It only hap­pened two week ago...next time my boss wants a job do­ing I’ll just say I’m in the process of do­ing it.”

Diane John­son said: “‘In the process of re­port­ing it’. What hap­pened to just pick­ing up the phone?”

Coun Ea­monn Hig­gins with holes left by stolen flags taken on Av­enue Pa­rade and other losses on Spencer Street (left) and Fos­ter Street

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