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Men arrested in Haworth in stone theft sting
A pair of men have been arrested in Haworth on suspicion of stealing Yorkshire stone.
Sergeant Chris Watson, of Bingley and Worth Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said the men were detained on Monday morning.
“Theft of Yorkshire stone is an ongoing issue,” he added. “In a way, we’ve been a victim of our own success because while metal theft has been brought under control through new legislation, we haven’t legislated for stone.
“Haworth is a place that does suffer from this crime, simply because of the amount of this type of stone in the area.”
Commenting on other local crime trends during Monday’s Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council meeting, he said: “Theft from vehicles remains a bit of an issue – we’re looking at about one case a week in the parish.
“People are still leaving their vehicles insecure, and leaving items in them like iPods, iPhones, laptops and other expensive pieces of electrical equipment, such as power drills.”
Sgt Watson noted there was also a rise in burglaries during July and August. However, he told councillors this had tailed off after police officers focused their efforts on this particular type of offence.
He added he and his colleagues have now launched their annual ‘dark nights’ initiative, which is designed to target the anticipated seasonal increase in burglaries during the autumn.
Sgt Watson said police had begun making ‘no trick or treaters’ posters which will be made available to householders who do not want to be disturbed by uninvited visitors during Hallowe’en.
“We’re not out to spoil people’s fun, but there are some vulnerable people about and not everyone wants people knocking on their doors,” he explained.