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YORKSHIRE STONE THEFTS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 558: tabled on 20 October 2015

Tabled in the 2015-16 session.

This motion has been signed by 4 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House expresses concern at the rising levels of stone theft across Yorkshire, with schools, homes, farms and churches all being targets by thieves; notes that Leeds City Council has had to replace £50,000 of stone stolen from the city's pavements, a 50 per cent rise from last year, and that West Yorkshire Police have seen an 18 per cent increase in theft of Yorkshire stone in the last year; further notes that many thefts take place during the day with thieves dressed as workmen in high-visibility jackets; notes that police believe some of the stone is sold on to the building trade and mostly taken by rogue builders; expresses strong concern that the stone thefts mean Yorkshire's heritage is being stripped back; commends the previous government for acting urgently to deal with the same problem affecting scrap theft by passing the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013; notes that this led to a 40 per cent fall in the number of offences during the first three months following the passing of the Act; calls for a dedicated stone theft taskforce to be set up, similar to the National Metal Theft Taskforce, and stronger fines and sentences to deter further thefts; further calls for a national awareness-raising campaign for households and businesses to check where their stone is from; and believes these and other actions are urgently needed if Yorkshire's heritage is to be properly protected.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.