Published On: Wed, Jul 30th, 2014 on 1:19 pm

Yorkshire artist backs campaign to help stop greedy stone thieves

Ashley Jackson Artist

Local artist Ashley Jackson, photographed in his beloved Yorkshire

A campaign aiming to protect Yorkshire’s heritage by stopping stone thieves has received the backing of a local artist.

Ashley Jackson, based in Huddersfield, has backed a campaign to raise awareness of the problem and help keep Yorkshire stone where it belongs.

Mr Jackson said: “These aren’t just stone walls, these are sculptures of our heritage across the heart of Yorkshire.

“They are being stolen because of greed. Everybody’s got a telephone nowadays, use your telephone to protect Yorkshire.”

The campaign is named ‘Once it’s gone, it’s gone’ and was launched through a partnership between Kirklees Council, West Yorkshire Police and independent charity Crimestoppers.

It asks people to report activity whenever they see the removal of stone or stone roofing tiles, even though it may look like legitimate activity.

Cllr Peter O’Neil, Cabinet Member for Communities, advised: “Stone theft and the removal of old stone tiles from roofs might look like innocent, genuine activity but you can’t tell by looking whether what is happening is a job of work or a crime so we would urge you to phone the information in anyway.

“There’s no need to approach the ‘workers’ directly, just note what is happening, where it is happening and when it is happening. Take a note of the registration plate of the vehicle involved or take a photo and send this information in.”

Residents can contact Crimestoppers anonymously, if they prefer not to contact the police, by calling 0800 555 111 or completing an online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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