Lead thieves damage historic listed barn

AN HISTORIC building on the Duke of Devonshire's estate in the Yorkshire Dales is facing a hefty repair bill after thieves damaged its roof.

The listed property at Bolton Abbey, near Skipton, was targeted by thieves who took a large quantity of lead flashing.

Urgent repair work is now needed to avoid further damage to the building's interior – and the cost has been estimated to be about 6,400.

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Pc Richard Sutcliffe, of North Yorkshire Police, said that the historic "one-star listed" building is near the B6160 road that passes through Bolton Abbey village.

He also appealed to anyone who may have seen a vehicle parked near the building that looked out of place to contact the police.

"This is quite a busy road so did anyone see any men on the roof who appeared to be working up there?"asked Pc Sutcliffe.

"Does anyone know where the lead has been taken?

"I'm keen to speak to anyone who has any information that will help with my enquiries," he added.

The theft is thought to have happened between June 17 and July 6 but only came to light following recent rain.

Pc Sutcliffe can be contacted at Grassington Police Station on 0845 606 0247.

Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.