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Stone thieves target Rossendale pensioner's home
FLAGSTONE thieves targeted the home of a 91-year-old woman who was in hospital, during a spate of raids across Pendle and Rossendale.
The elderly victim was among seven residents to have had flagstones stolen from their property, costing hundreds of pounds.
Fifteen to 20 stone flags, worth £750, were lifted from the woman’s home in Booth Road, Waterfoot.
On Monday, between 3pm and 7pm, five or six stones were stolen from a house in Grane Road, Haslingden.
The owners were home but did not discover the stones had been stolen until they went outside after the thieves had gone.
On Tuesday, six flagstones were lifted from the garden wall at a property in Burnley Road East, Whitewell.
And between 11.45am and 12.45pm on the same day, one paving stone was taken from a house in Burnley Road, Bacup.
Inspector John Fryer, of Rossendale police, said: “We are linking this spate of thefts which have taken place over a few days and expect the offenders to have moved around Pennine division.
“In some ways it is easier for them to get away with it if they do it in the day, because if you see them in a van with high visibility jackets on, you don’t suspect them to be stealing.”
In Pendle, at 8.30pm on Sunday in Red Lane, Colne, a resident disturbed a man attempting to take his flagstones. The offender made off in a white Vauxhall Corsa.
He was described as white, of medium build and was wearing a grey hooded top.
Overnight on Wednesday last week, 12 stones were stolen from the backyard of a house in the same street in Colne.
Five freshly laid Indian stone flags, that had been set in cement which had not yet dried, were lifted from a home in Station Road, Foulridge.
Sgt Shaun Pearson, of Pendle police, said: “We would advise people to set them in cement or mark them with Smartwater or selective DNA and put signage up to warn potential thieves.”
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