Three men arrested following a series of warrants in Greater Manchester
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Officers from Cheshire Constabulary have arrested three men following a series of warrants in Greater Manchester as part of an ongoing investigation to the theft of historic York stones.
28/7 - Update: Cheshire Constabulary's Rural Crime Team have charged three men in connection to a spate of York flagstone thefts across the region.
Connor Lipinski, 28, and Owen Lipinski, 31, both of Gale Court, Rochdale and Jason Perry, 48, of Wallshaw Street, Oldham, have been all been charged with conspiracy to steal. Perry was further charged with handling a stolen motor vehicle and driving while disqualified.
The men appeared at Chester Magistrates' Court today, Thursday 28 July and will next appear at Chester Crown Court on Thursday 25 August.
At around 7am today, Wednesday 27 July, Officers from Cheshire Constabulary’s Rural Crime Team were assisted by colleagues from Lancashire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, and Greater Manchester Police to conduct warrants at addresses in Middleton, Oldham and Rochdale.
Three men aged 48, 31 and 28 were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit theft from eight church graveyards and are currently assisting police with their enquiries.
The arrests form part of an ongoing investigation into the theft of York paving stones from historic buildings across the North West, including St Mary’s Church in Astbury, St Peter’s and St Paul’s in Ormskirk.
Police Constable Rob Stordy from Cheshire Constabulary’s Rural Crime Team said: “Not only do thefts of historic stone destroy our rich history, but it impacts the heart of our rural communities.
“It’s important that we collaborate with other forces to investigate these crimes, share information and work together to get justice for our rural communities.
“I want to make it known that Cheshire is and will continue to be a hostile environment for those intent on committing heritage crime and I hope our efforts today demonstrate our pursuit in disrupting criminality by using any means necessary.”