Criminal Damage–Rollright Stones, Chipping Norton

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Criminal Damage–Rollright Stones, Chipping Norton

Police are appealing for the public to help catch the vandals who have caused criminal damage to the Rollright Stones and stole money from the warden's hut at the site.

Between 5.30pm on Saturday (8/9) and 10.30am on Sunday (9/9) the warden's hut was broken in to and about £7 was stolen from the money tray. A symbol, which is believed to be a pagan swastika, was drawn in black marker pen on the information notice boards on the hut.

Overnight (9-10/9) a sign has been knocked off a railing fence and a tyre has been placed around a stone and set alight. On the other side of the road, the monument plaque near to the King's Stone has been forced with a blunt instrument causing it to shatter.

PC David Sutcliffe, based at Witney Police Station, said: "The Rollright Stones are an old heritage site in North Oxfordshire and an attractive feature in Chipping Norton. These incidents are being investigated together and I hope that if someone has seen any suspicious activity in the area recently they will contact us."

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Sutcliffe at Witney police station via 0845 8 505 505, or if you don't want to talk to the police or give your name, call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Posted : 10/09/2007 21:08:07

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