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Thursday, 26 May 2011

Some of nation’s top monuments under threat from criminals

HERITAGE chiefs have issued a stark warning that vandalism and rogue metal detecting are threatening the future of the nation’s most prized monuments.
English Heritage revealed yesterday that it is having to contend with scores of cases of criminal damage annually at its sites across the country, costing thousands of pounds in repairs each year.
Fears are growing that centuries-old monuments could be lost forever if offenders continue to target the sites in often remote parts of the country.
An English Heritage spokeswoman said: “Heritage crimes are criminal activities which can have a serious effect on neighbourhoods and society. Things like arson, graffiti and criminal damage scar beautiful buildings.
“Anti-social behaviour debases the places we live and enjoy visiting – theft and illegal metal detecting take away the physical evidence valuable to our understanding of the past.

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