350-year-old stones stolen from Bargoed RAFA club
5:00pm Tuesday 18th September 2012 in News
STONE slabs worth thousands of pounds were stolen from a path in Bargoed last week.
More than 60 stone slabs were stolen between 5am and 6am on Wednesday September 12 from the Bargoed RAFA Club Gilfach Fargoed Fawr Farm, Cardiff Road.
Thieves made off with ancient flagstones worth thousands of pounds.
It is thought that a van was used to carry away the blue pennant slabs, which formed the path leading from the gate to the main door of the club.
The club is housed in the oldest building in the town and was once an imposing manor house which dates from 1580 or earlier.
Secretary of the club, David Carter said: "The old building is steeped in history and has such a wonderful character that it would be a shame to replace the path with modern materials.
"The club supports the Royal Airforces Association branch - a charity which helps former and present airmen in time of need, and replacing the stolen items will take away scarce funds from where they are most needed."
Similar thefts have taken place in recent times when 70 old stones were removed from the old parish church in Gelligaer and all the Victorian slabs were taken from Salem Chapel in Bedlinog.
No arrests have been made. Gwent Police is investigating the theft. If you have any information call 101.