The theft of thousands of pounds’ worth of historic York flagstones from the Hopwood Hall Estate in Middleton has featured on BBC’s Crimewatch Live (Thursday 11 March).

Around 50 flagstones were been taken from the 12th century manor’s rose garden late last year – a heritage crime which carries harsher sentencing due to the impact of damage or vandalism to national heritage assets such as listed buildings like Hopwood Hall.

The theft of the stones, which date back centuries, came as the ‘Friends of Hopwood Hall Estate’ had been working diligently to clear and prepare the historic family gardens and surrounding areas for renovation.

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