Man arrested after ‘Abbey ruins stone’ in Bury St Edmunds placed on eBay

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Police have arrested a man after a piece of stone, said to be a piece of the Abbey ruins in Bury St Edmunds, was put up for sale on auction website eBay.

The stone was put up for sale for a minimum price of £50 and a buy it now price of £200. The ruins are classed as a scheduled ancient monument and damaging them or stealing bits of the stone work is classed as a crime.

A Suffolk Police spokeswoman said: “Following a report of the possible theft of part of the fabric of the Abbey ruins in Bury St Edmunds, on the evening of Saturday 7th May a warrant was executed in the Huyton area of Liverpool and a piece of stone was recovered.

“A 24-year-old man from Liverpool was arrested on suspicion of theft and questioned by officers from Merseyside Police before being released on police bail to attend Bury St Edmunds Police Station on 4th June.”