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Thieves steal dry stone wall from Hambleton Peninsular at Rutland Water

Thieves are stealing a wall from Rutland Water by returning repeatedly to take more and more stones each time.

The first theft from the dry stone wall was in early September and at least three separate incidents have been recorded in the past month.

The most recent was at the end of last week (October 4).

Sheep are able to cross the wall
Sheep are able to cross the wall

Joe Davies, senior reserve officer at Rutland Water works for the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust.

He said: “We’re not sure if it’s someone taking the stone for a job they’re working on, or for a garden, but they have stolen about £400 of materials and rebuilding the wall is going to cost a further £700.

“Another factor is that the wall is used to retain sheep and they can get out of the field and on to the road.

Joe Davis with the depleted dry stone wall
Joe Davis with the depleted dry stone wall

“We don’t want to end up with sheep being run over by passing drivers.

“Animals could be killed and this could be very nasty.”

The wall lies close to the Egleton village junction on the Oakham Road, which runs from the A606 on to the Hambleton Peninsular.

Joe believes that the thieves at one point may have used an angle grinder to remove capping stones, and that they may be operating under cover of darkness and using a van to transport the materials away.

The dry stone wall on the Hambleton Peninsular road
The dry stone wall on the Hambleton Peninsular road

“Although it has been rebuilt over time, the dry stone wall has been there for hundreds of years,” he added. “It’s part of Rutland Water Nature Reserve.”

Joe has put up signs close to the scene of the crimes asking people to be on the look-out for suspicious activity, including reviewing dashcam footage if they have driven the route onto the Hambleton Peninsular.

Anyone who has seen anything suspicious should contact Leicestershire Police on 101 quoting crime reference 19000484296.

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