A churchyard in the Moorlands has been raided by thieves for its pathway stones. A large number of the stone flags on the footpath which is situated in the churchyard at All Saints in Grindon, were ripped up and stolen overnight on Wednesday, February 16 and Thursday, February 17.
A churchyard in the Moorlands has been raided by thieves for its pathway stones.
A large number of the stone flags on the footpath which is situated in the churchyard at All Saints in Grindon, were ripped up and stolen overnight on Wednesday, February 16 and Thursday, February 17.
Staffordshire Police made an appeal for information about this incident on the force’s Facebook page on Friday (February 18).
They posted these two photographs and stated: “We’re investigating a heritage crime at All Saints Church in Grindon.
“Overnight (Wednesday, February 16 and Thursday, February 17) a large amount of stone flags have been stolen from the 18th century footpath.
“Any witnesses, or anyone with any information, is asked to get in touch quoting 305 of February 17.”
A spokesman for the force later told the Leek & Moorlands Echo: “Officers are carrying out enquiries which will include CCTV and door to door.
“As far as we are aware there have been no similar thefts in the local area recently.”
The Church of All Saints in Grindon is a Grade II Listed building.
A spokesman for the Diocese of Lichfield told the Leek & Moorlands Echo: “It is a dreadful reality nowadays that even our churchyards, set aside as places of solace and relief for those who mourn, are subject to thefts of this kind.
“Understandably, the people of Grindon Parish will be very distressed at what has taken place here, presumably under the cover of darkness.”
They added: “Churchyards are also an important part of our national and local heritage; care for them is often by parishes with increasingly stretched resources but still with commitment and devotion for the communities they serve.
“It is all the more difficult to protect our buildings and churchyards in rural locations and we very much appreciate the vigilance of everyone who lives locally and treasures them.”
It has not yet been identified how much it is going to cost the Diocese to replace the stolen stone flags.
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