BAFFLED police have appealed for help to track down thieves who stole 120 feet of ancient stones from historic parkland.

The dressed stone, was part of a grade 11 listed wall surrounding an estate at Forcett, near Richmond in North Yorkshire. It’s understood to have topped the wall for generations. It was discovered on Friday June 3 that the 40 metres of stone had been taken, and it’s believed that it was taken several days earlier.

North Yorkshire Police say they are treating it as a heritage crime and they’re concerned more similar thefts could follow. Officers believe heavy plant machinery would have had to be used during the theft. They’re calling on anyone who may have seen anything to contact them, particularly if they have dashcam footage showing vehicles or machinery in the area.

Sergeant Mark Wood of Richmond police said: “This is a heritage crime and the scale of the theft suggests several people have been involved.

“The sections of this wall were all hand carved and will be very difficult to replace.”

He said it’s not the first time historic stone has been stolen in the Richmondshire area. Several years ago there was a spate of similar stone thefts.

Sgt Wood added: “Please be vigilant and if vehicles are seen or people are acting suspiciously near to sections of wall that are topped with this type of stone please report any details to the police.”

Email mark.wood@northyorkshire.police.uk or call North Yorkshire Police on 101 and select option 1. Or if you want to give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quote reference 12220095246.

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