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Paving stones worth thousands of pounds have been stolen from a historic manor house where the poet Lord Byron once stayed.

Greater Manchester Police said a large quantity of York stone was stolen from the gardens of Hopwood Hall, Middleton.

Former Hollywood actor and producer Hopwood DePree said he was “shocked and appalled” at the theft from his ancestral home.

The Grade II-listed building is built on a site dating back to 1426.

The thieves struck on 1 December and a reward is being offered by the custodians of the hall for information leading to a conviction.

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