A RESDIENT is appealing for CCTV footage, after a gang of thieves have begun routinely stealing sandstone bricks from the wall of his 200-year-old home in the middle of the night.

Since January, the resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, has noticed the bricks disappearing from the outer wall of his home. on Runcorn Road, which formerly belonged to the Walton estate.

And what started off as visits in the night, with a van turning up and a group of people getting out to remove the sand stone bricks and take them away, has now turned into an incident that happens at ‘all hours of the day’.

A family member of the resident, who also wishes to remain unnamed, spoke of how the homeowner is a ‘builder’ who has has put his ‘life and soul into the project of the home’.

Warrington Guardian: Thieves have been continuously visiting the property since January Thieves have been continuously visiting the property since January (Image: Supplied)
“They are taking the actual bricks from his home,” they said. “Should you have to dismantle a wall on your house, so others do not steal it?”

The resident is appealing for Ring doorbell or CCTV footage from the surrounding area of Runcorn Road in Higher Walton, that may help in catching the culprits and bringing the continuing issue to an end.

Meanwhile incidents of the theft of materials from homes like this one are becoming more of a frequent problem in Warrington and other parts of the county, Cheshire Police have confirmed.

And an investigation into several incidents that are believed to be linked, has been launched by the Rural Crime Team.

Warrington Guardian: The home is 200-years-old and was part of the Walton estateThe home is 200-years-old and was part of the Walton estate (Image: Supplied)
Commenting on the ongoing problem, a spokesperson for Cheshire Police said: “We are aware of reports of ongoing issues in relation to the theft of stones from an address on Runcorn Road, in Warrington.

“Over the past six months there have been four separate reports of stones being stolen from outside the property.

“The incidents are believed to be linked to an ongoing issue with stone thefts across the county.

“An investigation into the incidents has been launched by the Rural Crime Team, who are currently following a number of lines of enquiry.

“As the investigation continues patrols have been stepped-up in key locations across the county, including the Walton area, and CCTV cameras have also been installed in several areas.”

A spokesperson from Warrington Borough Council added: "Staff at Walton Hall & Gardens have been continuing to work with the Cheshire Police rural crime team, following parts of the sandstone wall bordering the Walton estate being stolen.”

Anyone with any information in relation to these incidents is urged to call police on 101 or visit www.cheshire.police.uk/tell-us quoting IML 1791736