HISTORIC paving stones were stolen from Polesden Lacey over the weekend.
Overnight on Friday-Saturday thieves broke into the property and made off with 25 flagstones from the formal gardens of the National Trust property, in what ahs been classified as a “heritage crime.”
The Your stones were an original part of the colonnade located at the end of Polesden Lacey’s Long Walk – a landscape feature installed in the early 19th century when author and playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan owned the property.
The stones are rectangular, approximately 1ft by 2ft. They are a pale grey in colour and worn by the weather and regular footfall, but are still believed to be worth thousands of pounds.
Adam Hastie, Polesden Lacey’s general manager said: “We are saddened to confirm that 25 flagstones were stolen from Polesden Lacey in the early hours of Saturday.
“Two access gates were also damaged in the process. We take the protection of our historic gardens very seriously. All access points are locked at night and we have resident staff who patrol the grounds and we also employ security guards.
“We appeal for the help of anyone who saw a vehicle in the Bagden Farm area between 11.30pm and 2.30am, or who may recognise the stones being moved on, to contact Surrey Police.”
Surrey Police confirmed the crime, which officers say took place between 5.30pm on the Friday and 9am on Saturday.
Mr Hastie added: “This is particularly upsetting considering the hard work and dedication put in by so many staff and volunteers in conserving this special place for our visitors.”
Contact Surrey Police with information quoting reference number 45160012467.