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Appeal after a series of stone thefts in the High Peak

Posted on 25th August 2017

We’re appealing for information and urging residents to be alert after a number of incidents where flag, coping and paving stones have been stolen in the High Peak area.

During the past month there have been five reports of stone slabs being taken in New Mills, Glossop, Hayfield and Gamesley.

The most recent took place between Wednesday, August 16 and Friday, August 18. 13 stone slabs were stolen from a wall outside a property on Marsh Lane, New Mills.

Also in New Mills, five flagstones were taken from outside a property on Union Road sometime between Wednesday, August 16 and Thursday, August 17

At around 1.20pm on Tuesday, August 15 eight circular coping stones were removed from a wall outside a home on Sunlaws Street in Glossop.

They were loaded into a white van by two men, who quickly drove away after being disturbed by a local resident. The men were described as white, around 6ft tall, with blonde or light brown hair and wearing dark coloured jackets and trousers.

The top flagstones from a 7 foot stretch of dry stone wall were stolen sometime during the day of Thursday, July 27 from Glossop Road at Gamesley.

A property on Highgate Road at Hayfield have had a total of 11 stone flags stolen during two occasions in July, on Wednesday, July 26 and Monday, July 17.

Sergeant Nicola Bateman, who is in charge of the Safer Neighbourhood policing teams in the Glossop and New Mills areas, said: “Not only can stones or slabs be expensive to replace, but it can also cause damage to property which people have to have repaired.

“Please be vigilant and if you notice anyone, or any vehicles, in your area acting suspiciously, contact the police on 101 and give us as much detail as you can, including descriptions or registration numbers.”

If you have noticed any suspicious activity, or have any information about these incidents call Derbyshire police on 101, or send us a message online through the Contact Us page of website:

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.