Ancient stones worth thousands of dollars stolen from historic Lancashire church

Thieves have ripped up ancient cobblestones worth thousands of pounds from a church in Lancashire.

Ruthless thieves ripped nearly 100 old York stone flags from St Cuthbert’s Church in Halsall, near Southport and Ormskirk.

The church itself is Grade I listed and dates back 700 years, while the vandalized path is believed to be around 200 years old.

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A police investigation was opened after the theft was discovered on Monday morning (January 24), with shocked church administrators now assessing the damage and how it can be repaired.

The total cost of the flight will not be known until their insurance assessment has been completed.

Colin Throp, Treasurer of St Cuthbert’s, told LancsLive: ‘We are aware that there are other issues occurring in Lancashire.

“There is a church in Leyland which has also been affected, so it may well be coordinated by the same people.

Thieves stole old York cobblestones from St Cuthbert’s grounds in Halsall

“The parish council has provided a CCTV of the police entrance but it was dark and it may well be that these people were well hidden.”

With the main entrance to the historic building now out of use, the church can continue to host its Sunday services through a smaller side entrance, but will not be able to facilitate weddings until some sort of temporary measure can be implemented.

A church spokesperson said: ‘The Parish Church Council (PCC) has been heartened by the many messages, comments and offers of support following the damage and theft that occurred on Sunday evening. Thank you all including our neighbors.

“Police are carrying out their investigations including looking at CCTV footage next to the church and many people are spreading the word, unfortunately we are not the first church to suffer such damage.

“Our insurers are going out to assess the damage this week and we will work with them and the diocese to agree on a temporary solution to reopen the path safely as soon as possible. We will then have a better idea of ​​the costs we will face. .

“We will be contacting those of you who have so kindly offered to help individually and will also be liaising with the Parish Council who have received many inquiries and concerns from residents. It is clear how important this Church is to our community.

A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: ‘We were called yesterday morning (January 24) to reports that a significant number of stone flags had been stolen from St Cuthbert’s Church, Halsall Hall Drive, Halsall.

“This happened between 4:45 p.m. on January 23 and 8:07 a.m. yesterday. No arrests have been made at this stage.

“Investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 101, quoting log 0240 of January 24, 2022.”

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Jerry B. Hatch