Police investigate ‘unusual thefts’ from Kirkby Lonsdale gardens

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A spate of unusual thefts in the Kirkby Lonsdale area is being investigated by police.

A pair of distinctive antique stone-carved acorn gateposts were stolen from the entrance of a property at Fairbank at the weekend.

The stolen gateposts.

The stolen gateposts.

The intricate and highly-valuable items were taken on Saturday night, October 26.

Also that night, two large vintage garden urns and an antique sundial were stolen from the side of a front door at a house on Fairbank.

Yesterday, Monday, October 28, two further thefts were reported.

One was again near Fairbank, where a four-foot concrete lion water feature was stolen from a front garden at some point over the last few days.

The stolen garden urn.

The stolen garden urn.

And in Lupton, two antique grey sandstone balls have been stolen over the last two days from the end of a driveway.

DC David Moffat, of Cumbria Police, said: “These items are worth a substantial amount of money, and we are asking the local community to help us track them down.

“Both the gateposts and the garden urns are large objects, which would have been difficult to move.

“If anyone saw anything suspicious in the area on Saturday night, or has any information, please call Cumbria Police on 101.

The sundial which was taken from the Fairbank property.

The sundial which was taken from the Fairbank property.

“Alternatively please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”