Apparently this morning a gang of rogue ‘ council workmen’ in hi-viz jackets (though in the message I got they were described as ‘rouge’ which commands a slightly less desperate image of a bunch of bashful burglars in blusher…) nabbed approximately 50 square metres of York stone paving slabs from Greenwich Park Street.
In a scene straight out of Hollywood (well, sort-of) a real council workman spotted the getaway vehicle and followed it until it got to the Blackwall Tunnel. Huzzah for him.
The police have been informed and the council lives in hope that the stone will be recovered and is therefore just putting barriers around the area and putting down temporary tarmac until the red-faced rogues are caught trying to offload some quality patio-ware down the local boozer. I hope the fuzz make a bit more effort than when my mate’s bike was stolen recently or that tarmac may be around for years to come.
Looking at where it was done, it’s not actually outside anyone’s house – the thieves were careful to do it just outside the blind wall of the BP garage and there’s a short gap where a housey bit might see. But it is very nice, well-worn stone – certainly a couple of patios-worth.
For those of you lucky enough to live in streets that actually have York stone paving, be warned. If there are ‘council workmen’ digging up your slabs, they might well be blushing…
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