A Keighley Town Council committee chairman said he and his colleagues are joining in the fight against stone theft by funding key technology to help police catch those responsible.

Coun Graham Mitchell (above) of the watch & transport committee said theft of stone continues to be a problem and deserves the resources needed to combat it.

Speaking during the full town council meeting, he said: “The theft of flagstones has been an issue right across this parish and neighbouring parishes.

“The police are trialling ‘SmartWater’ marking of flagstones, but they also require the technical kit to identify flagstones when they turn up stolen in dealers’ yards. The committee has agreed £1,000 to purchase five spotlight torches, to enable the police and the dealers to ‘read’ the SmartWater markings and identify ownership.

SmartWater is a uniquely coded forensic liquid which is invisible. It is designed to provide undeniable proof of ownership, and to link criminals to the crime scene.