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Millennium stone gathers moss as insurers call time

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INSURERS HAVE blocked lottery funded efforts to recreate the Stone Age journey of a 4t bluestone from the Pembrokeshire Hills to Stonehenge.

Disastrous attempts to ferry the stone across the Bristol Channel highlighted high risks on the project, leading insurance company Marsh UK to refuse to renew cover for the £100,000 project.

Insurer Marsh UK this week said that it had withdrawn salvage cover for the stone, which has already had to be retrieved from the seabed in the Bristol Channel during a failed attempt to cross from Wales to England (NCE 22 June 2000).

'I do not think any of the insurance companies realised the risk [before we started], ' said a Pembrokeshire County Council spokesman. He added that without insurance, the project could not continue.

The project organiser, community group Menter Preseli, has been seeking insurance from other sources for three weeks but has failed to find another insurer.

The project cannot re-route around the Channel as this would not be an exact re-enactment of the original Stone Age journey.

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