Police set sights on heritage crimes

A special police operation organised in conjunction with English Heritage is inviting local authorities and community groups to help fight crimes against heritage sites.

The operation was set up last year to fight the large number of "heritage crimes". These include illegal metal detecting, destruction of historic artefacts and the damage to historic sites caused by off-road vehicles.

Chief Inspector Mark Harrison, who is running the initiative, said: "A lot of groups are deeply worried about this sort of crime. We can give advice and help people to reduce these incidents."

He explained that measures taken could be as simple as keeping a regular watch on a particular site or repairing broken fences.

The initiative currently involves the police, English Heritage and the Crown Prosecution Service. But Harrison wants local authorities, heritage groups and parish councils to get involved.

Further information and details of how to get involved are available from the English Heritage website.

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