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Tourists stealing ancient cobblestones from Rome

As I prepare to leave tomorrow on a vacation which ends in Rome, I can assure you that I will not be stealing any cobblestone from the ancient city.

Security staff screening bags at the Italian capital’s main airports at Fiumicino and Ciampino have reported a surge in findings as x-ray scanners pick up the objects when luggage is screened and they in turn call police.

On Sunday, police in Rome put on display a vast collection of the cobblestones and artefacts that they have seized from passenger luggage in the first six months of this year.

The majority of those caught are “northern Europeans” and several British tourists have been among those caught red handed and left embarrassed in front of other passengers when items are pulled from their luggage.

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Story: Nick Pisa, The Telegraph | Photo: ALAMY

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