Blackburn church takes action after spate of paving stone thefts

Blackburn Citizen: Holy Trinity Church, Blackburn Holy Trinity Church, Blackburn

A CHURCH’S York paving stones have been water-marked after a spate of thefts.

Adrian Schofield, secre-tary at Holy Trinity Church, in Blackburn, said thieves had targeted the Mount Pleasant church so many times in recent months that he spent £1,000 of his own money on measures to try to deter them.

CCTV is also to be put in place to capture anybody attempting to steal from the disused church.

Mr Schofield said: “Any-one who wishes to steal from our church will find that with our use of technology they will be caught and prosecuted.

“We will also consider taking a private prosecution on any individuals caught to recover the restoration of our property.”

In one of the latest attacks, 10 stones were taken from Holy Trinity in October. The Gothic-style Victorian church was built between 1837 and 1846 by Edmund Sharpe.

It has a flat timber ceiling with a series of 80 painted heraldic panels, mostly commemorating families who contributed to the construction of the church.

Sharpe also created the plans for St Mark’s Church, in Buncer Lane, Blackburn, and Christ Church at Chatburn.

Mr Schofield said: “It is not fair for worshippers that people are sealing the paving.

“It should not be happening and I am sure they would not like it if somebody stole the paving from outside their home.

“York paving is very expensive and sought after and it gives the church a lot of character, which will be lost if all we have is a great gaping hole where it used to be.”

He also asked house-holders having building work done to be careful who they bought stones from.

Mr Schofield said: “People who buy any stolen paving from our church will be buying forensically-marked paving and will also be liable to prosecution for receiving stolen property.

“They should be very careful where they buy paving from.”

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1:22pm Tue 3 Dec 13

speedie_rovers_legend says...

Now that the council have regulated the scrap business hand in hand with the police , these thugs turn to stealing flags, while I do not condone it , you bite one hand and the other one bites back, it will never stop until you follow these people you know who they are, they are the same people you stopped in the scrap business, and who have cost scrap dealers thousands in added costs, to do your work for you, as you are inept at doing yourselves. Complete imbeciles.
Now that the council have regulated the scrap business hand in hand with the police , these thugs turn to stealing flags, while I do not condone it , you bite one hand and the other one bites back, it will never stop until you follow these people you know who they are, they are the same people you stopped in the scrap business, and who have cost scrap dealers thousands in added costs, to do your work for you, as you are inept at doing yourselves. Complete imbeciles. speedie_rovers_legend

3:02pm Tue 3 Dec 13

NevaStop says...

But the police know who these people are and have been keeping an eye on them. What i don;t get is why they haven't taken any action gainst the culprits!
This was mentioned to the police months ago and they haven't got a clue on how to catch a crook! Man give me a badge and il have this town clean in a month!
But the police know who these people are and have been keeping an eye on them. What i don;t get is why they haven't taken any action gainst the culprits! This was mentioned to the police months ago and they haven't got a clue on how to catch a crook! Man give me a badge and il have this town clean in a month! NevaStop

5:36pm Tue 3 Dec 13

noddy57 says...

slap these buyers with a hefty fine if they cannot say where the stone Flags have come from,,at the moment it is too easy for all these scroats to make easy money from these old churches that are part of our national heritage, there has to be strict regulation before we have no Yorkshire stone flags left anywhere in the country,
slap these buyers with a hefty fine if they cannot say where the stone Flags have come from,,at the moment it is too easy for all these scroats to make easy money from these old churches that are part of our national heritage, there has to be strict regulation before we have no Yorkshire stone flags left anywhere in the country, noddy57

5:36pm Tue 3 Dec 13

phil kernot says...

What makes me laugh is the people doing this say thay go to church and are religious , there hypocrites and should never step foot in a church again
What makes me laugh is the people doing this say thay go to church and are religious , there hypocrites and should never step foot in a church again phil kernot

8:10am Wed 4 Dec 13

woolywords says...

What amazes me is that, after the theft of the first few pavers, nobody considered using some form of covert surveillance cameras, to capture an image of the subsequent theft. For as sure as night follows day, they were bound to return for the rest of them, considering that even this newspaper advertised, to all and sundry, that the Police were clueless, at that time and equally so, now.
Can anyone suggest to me another sphere where such levels of incompetency would be tolerated, for I cannot think of one.

~Bushnell trail camera, from around £170, online. Does not come with high performance car, flashing blue lights nor sirens, so may be unsuited to some.
What amazes me is that, after the theft of the first few pavers, nobody considered using some form of covert surveillance cameras, to capture an image of the subsequent theft. For as sure as night follows day, they were bound to return for the rest of them, considering that even this newspaper advertised, to all and sundry, that the Police were clueless, at that time and equally so, now. Can anyone suggest to me another sphere where such levels of incompetency would be tolerated, for I cannot think of one. ~Bushnell trail camera, from around £170, online. Does not come with high performance car, flashing blue lights nor sirens, so may be unsuited to some. woolywords

8:42am Wed 4 Dec 13

Biggy12 says...

I was at this church only the other day,it's sad seeing such a wonderful building tainted by missing flags (the flags that were left had (yellow) markings on them).It makes me sad that these reprobates that are stealing the flags can't see the beauty in these buildings,I guess their more interested in lining their pockets which is a real shame.
I was at this church only the other day,it's sad seeing such a wonderful building tainted by missing flags (the flags that were left had (yellow) markings on them).It makes me sad that these reprobates that are stealing the flags can't see the beauty in these buildings,I guess their more interested in lining their pockets which is a real shame. Biggy12

6:25pm Wed 11 Dec 13

adrian@adieschofi.plus.com says...

woolywords wrote:
What amazes me is that, after the theft of the first few pavers, nobody considered using some form of covert surveillance cameras, to capture an image of the subsequent theft. For as sure as night follows day, they were bound to return for the rest of them, considering that even this newspaper advertised, to all and sundry, that the Police were clueless, at that time and equally so, now.
Can anyone suggest to me another sphere where such levels of incompetency would be tolerated, for I cannot think of one.

~Bushnell trail camera, from around £170, online. Does not come with high performance car, flashing blue lights nor sirens, so may be unsuited to some.
Hiya Woolywords

After the first paving was stolen 3 of our older parishioners slept at the church all night, sure enough the thieves came back for more, the police were called and the simple fact is they did not get there quick enough, also the first lot who were caught were prosecuted and I think they received community service and had to pay back a ridiculous amount weekly or monthly, anyone who is pulled by the police with scrap metal or stone in their vehicle should have to prove where they have got it from.
If they can't prosecute them.
Adrian Schofield
Holy Trinity
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: What amazes me is that, after the theft of the first few pavers, nobody considered using some form of covert surveillance cameras, to capture an image of the subsequent theft. For as sure as night follows day, they were bound to return for the rest of them, considering that even this newspaper advertised, to all and sundry, that the Police were clueless, at that time and equally so, now. Can anyone suggest to me another sphere where such levels of incompetency would be tolerated, for I cannot think of one. ~Bushnell trail camera, from around £170, online. Does not come with high performance car, flashing blue lights nor sirens, so may be unsuited to some.[/p][/quote]Hiya Woolywords After the first paving was stolen 3 of our older parishioners slept at the church all night, sure enough the thieves came back for more, the police were called and the simple fact is they did not get there quick enough, also the first lot who were caught were prosecuted and I think they received community service and had to pay back a ridiculous amount weekly or monthly, anyone who is pulled by the police with scrap metal or stone in their vehicle should have to prove where they have got it from. If they can't prosecute them. Adrian Schofield Holy Trinity adrian@adieschofi.plus.com

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