Suffolk

Man arrested after Suffolk abbey stone appears on eBay

Bury St Edmunds Abbey. Copyright: English Heritage
Image caption English Heritage carry out regular inspections of monuments they look after

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of theft from an ancient religious monument in Suffolk.

A stone from part of the abbey ruins in Bury St Edmunds was taken and appeared for sale on the auction website eBay.

The man, from Huyton, near Liverpool, was arrested and released on bail, a police spokesman said.

A piece of stone has been recovered and the man is due to attend Bury St Edmunds police station on 4 June, the spokesman added.

When the item was seen for sale on the internet auction site, English Heritage, which looks after the abbey ruins, issued a reminder that it was a scheduled ancient monument.

A statement said that removing any part of the site was a criminal offence and deliberate acts of damage and vandalism would be taken seriously.

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