THIEVES have pinched stone flags and two benches from Huddersfield’s most famous beauty spot.
Three heavy stone slabs were stolen from the path leading up Castle Hill on Friday night.
The benches were removed from a hillside spot on Castle Hill Side, which provides spectacular views towards Farnley Tyas.
Almondbury councillor Ann Denham spotted that they had gone missing on Monday morning.
She said: “Several paving slabs had gone on the path up to Castle Hill from Ashes Lane.
“Some had also been moved from the steps to the car park on Lumb Lane.
“About 10 to 12 have been moved in total, but only three or four have actually been stolen. The others have just been left.
“Maybe they realised they were concrete and weren’t of any value or maybe they were just too heavy.
“It’s sheer vandalism and it’s obviously an opportunistic crime. The benches are more disheartening. We had only replaced one of them last year.
“It’s a bit of a blow because it’s a popular spot and as the weather gets better more people will be out walking and wanting to use them.”
John Lockwood, vice chairman of Huddersfield Civic Society added: “It’s appalling, but it’s a sign of the times.
“The stones are valuable, but the fact that people are prepared to take them after they have lain there for hundreds of years is utterly depressing.”
The benches were worth about £200.
Work was carried out last year to improve access to Castle Hill.
New pathways were created and extra stones added to make getting around easier.
The stolen flagstones were not part of the improved paths.
The matter has been reported to police.
Anyone with information should call 0845 6060606.