A KIRKLEES councillor has backed a police plea for people to do all they can to stop Huddersfield's heritage from being stolen.
The Colne and Holme valleys have been hard hit by thieves stealing stone flags and wall toppings - with Crosland Moor and Paddock the worst crime hotspots for this kind of offence.
Clr David Woodhead said in recent months paving slabs have been taken from a footpath next to Meltham Town Hall and from Town Gate Gardens in the village.
Stone slates have also been stolen from derelict Albion Mills in Mill Moor Road, Meltham.
Garden walls and garden paths have also vanished.
Clr Woodhead, who is the lead member for crime and community safety in Holme Valley North, said: "There are organised gangs at work. I would urge people to be vigilant and report any suspicious circumstances.
"Most crime is falling in this area, but we need to keep on top of these new outbreaks."
Each Yorkshire stone flag is worth between £10 and £15 and old stone reclaimed from buildings sells for £55 a square yard.
Last week Det Con Russ Conlon, of Kirklees CID intelligence unit, said: "There have been 24 reports of stone thefts since the start of February and at some a small red Ford Fiesta van has been seen. Its registration number is very similar to T926 SND.
"We would ask people who see any stone being loaded into vehicles - which may range from hatchback cars to lorries - to note down the registration number and dial 999 immediately as it is an ongoing crime.
"Help us to stop these thefts which are spoiling Huddersfield for everyone."