Can you believe it? You can’t leave anything on the streets these days without it being half-inched. Not even the streets.

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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9 Comments to “Slabberghasted”

  1. Robert Number 16 says:

    I guess “Streets R not us in Greenwich today”

  2. Stephanie says:

    One of my friends once woke up to find that her Victorian tiled front path had been half inched in the night!

  3. Dennis says:

    No wonder. It appears “reclaimed” Yorkstone paving goes for around a hundred squid a square metre.

  4. Stephen says:

    I bet they thought that by adding a touch of rouge they’d never be recognised.

  5. Paul says:

    We had the lead stolen from the back of our building. Apparently they turn up with a gang, and a van, in the middle of the night…

  6. Chris R says:

    Caught some folk in a white pickup truck red handed stealing my bike this morning (7am). Got the bike back when they claimed they “thought it was rubbish”. May be connected? Reported (with registration number) to the Met Police.

  7. Steve says:

    Chris, we had a bout of bike thefts from our communal shed and a white van was spotted in the proximity.

    Any chance the number plate ended with VOG?

  8. Chris R says:

    Steve, Plate ended RAH. Looks like there’s a few of them out nearby :(

  9. Ebspig says:

    It looks as though they’ve had a go at the garden on the corner of Crooms Hill and Burney Street. Anyone know anything about it?