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Old 26 April 2007, 16:35   #1
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Being a tight, hard up, working class git!

Can I just drive up to the beach and throw a few shovel loads of largish stones in the back? I really don't need much and don't want to spend £5 a bag for cobbles
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Old 26 April 2007, 16:41   #2
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Being a tight, hard up, working class git!

Can I just drive up to the beach and throw a few shovel loads of largish stones in the back? I really don't need much and don't want to spend £5 a bag for cobbles

I don't believe you can, a neighbour near us paints beach stones, her and her husband went to the beach and selected quite a few large stones to paint. She was spotted by the council, who followed her all the way home, waited for her to unload the car, then knocked on their door and told them to take the stones back to the beach.
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So if I find some brightly coloured stone whilst loading my car, should I bring them around
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You'll have to find something to do with them, because you aren't allowed to put them back! http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=18463
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So technically, if I remove them from the beach and put them in the boot of my car, I'm removing them from the beach and they can't be returned for environmental reasons....Right But it's not theft, as I haven't removed them from the scene of crime.

But, if I then drive off I'll get done for theft of stones from the beach....Yes!

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I'll go to Wicks then
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or you can see if you can get away with it
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Just go and do it! Go at night and no-one will notice. (Of course I havn't done this...)
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So technically, if I remove them from the beach and put them in the boot of my car, I'm removing them from the beach and they can't be returned for environmental reasons....Right But it's not theft, as I haven't removed them from the scene of crime.

But, if I then drive off I'll get done for theft of stones from the beach....Yes!

Catch 22

I'll go to Wicks then
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It is theft. If the council is the owner (Not too sure on that point). But if you've got a complainant and your intentions are to remove the stones then you are treating them as your own. Not actually removing the stones is irrelevant in this case if your intentions are actually to do so. Just waiting till you drive off is easier for the prosecution to prove your intent.
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Go to Wickes. Sods Law says seeing as you are a decent law abiding person you will get caught the only time you commit a felony.
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Andy,
It is theft. If the council is the owner (Not too sure on that point).
I would have thought that the Crown was the owner? (most pebbles on beaches being between the high and low water mark)
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