THREE men have been charged over a spate of thefts of valuable paving stones from outside churches.
York stone slabs "worth thousands of pounds" have been dug up across the North West.
Churches in West Lancashire were targeted including St Cuthbert’s Church in Halsall and Ormskirk Parish Church.
The men, from Greater Manchester, have been charged with theft and one of the men was also charged with handling a stolen motor vehicle and driving while disqualified.
The force previously said “highly desirable” York stone was known for its durability and aesthetic appeal and was worth "thousands of pounds".