Huddersfield’s vanishing heritage is to be debated at Westminster.
Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney has been granted a Commons debate on tackling stone thefts which have been plaguing Huddersfield for three years.
Mr McCartney, who has been campaigning for legislation to tackle repeated stone thefts in the area, will lead the debate in Parliament on June 22.
Huddersfield and its surrounding rural areas have been blighted by thefts of flagstones, roof slates and building blocks over the last three years.
The 2013 Scrap Metal Dealers Act, which requires dealers to hold a licence to trade and gave councils powers to deal with rogue businesses, has slashed the number of metal thefts.
Now Mr McCartney wants a similar law to combat stone thefts.
In March, Mr McCartney held a meeting with Home Secretary Theresa May to discuss the problem.
The Conservative member said: “Our legislation to make it harder for scrap metal thieves has massively reduced the problem but now its tiles off roofs and flagstones from church pathways.
“It’s an absolute epidemic but where it’s going and what it’s being used for, I don’t know.
“We need to get a balance but the thefts need to be reported so West Yorkshire Police can get a picture of the true scale of it.”
The Examiner has been receiving weekly reports from police of multiple stone thefts for the past two years.
As well as homes, public buildings have been victims of thieves snatching building materials for quick cash.
Scapegoat Hill Junior and Infant School was twice targeted by stone thieves in less than two weeks.
Slates were first stolen from the roof on the night of May 20 and 21 before thieves struck again earlier this month.
Historic buildings such as churches have also been repeatedly targeted.
A Freedom of Information request by the Examiner to West Yorkshire Police revealed that building materials were by far the most commonly stolen items from religious buildings since 2012.
The figures revealed that thieves had targeted places of worship in Kirklees 132 times in the last three years.
In January, paving stones, aged approximately 200 years, were stolen from Christ Church at Linthwaite.
In August last year, more than 20 flagstones were snatched from Whitechapel Church, Cleckheaton.