Is this the answer to Yorkshire Stone thefts in Armley?

10 August 2015

Armley residents have come up with some innovative ways of tackling crime after a spate of Yorkshire Stone thefts in the area.

Local resident Andy Parnham told the Dispatch thieves truck outside his home in Park Crescent between 10.30pm-11.15pm last Wednesday (August 5). Mr Parnham said the thieves must have had a vehicle.

Here’s his photo:

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Yorkshire Stone thefts in Armley. Photo: Andy Parnham/Facebook

The incident is the latest in a string of Yorkshire Stone paving thefts in the Armley area which have left local residents angry and frustrated.

Armley resident Emma Bearman said her street had been targeted three times. Here’s her photograph from March:

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Armley paving theft from March. Photo: Emma Bearman

Some Armley residents are so fed up with the thefts they’ve started to mark the stones with glitter to deter them, like these examples via Louisa Cunningham:

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Photo: Louise Cunningham

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Photo: Louisa Cunningham

Is that the way forward to protect heritage paving?

Police in Armley are urging residents to report any crimes or suspicious activity by calling 101. They say thieves are often quite brazen and pretend to be ordinary workmen during daytime hours.

Armley councillor Alice Smart (Lab) is asking local residents to email her – alice.smart@leeds.gov.uk – with any problems.

Trinity Methodist Church targeted by thieves

  • Overnight Friday and Saturday a burglary took place at Trinity Methodist Church, Bramley. During the burglary a charity box was stolen, the contents of which were for the upkeep of the church donated by the local community. Police say substantial damage was also caused to the church during the burglary. Officers are appealing for anyone with any information in relation to this crime to contact PC 174 MAUDE on 101, quoting crime reference number 13150319520
  • A cannabis farm has also been discovered with approximately 40 plants  in the Bramley area. A man has been arrested and is currently on bail.

If you have any information regarding burglary or drugs crime, contact police via email – innerwest@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk – or telephone 101 or 0113 2414 999.

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