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Sunday, 4 December 2011

Illegal metal detecting at Old Sarum POLICE are working with English Heritage to tackle illegal metal detecting at Old Sarum Castle. Over the last week, English Heritage has become aware of a number of incidents at the site where metal detectors have been used before offenders have dug up parts of the site, damaging sensitive archaeological deposits. A joint statement from Wiltshire Police and English Heritage said: “The castle is widely recognised as of national significance and is designated as a scheduled ancient monument. It is a hugely important community heritage asset, enjoyed and treasured by the citizens of Salisbury. “It is a criminal offence under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 to both use a metal detector in a scheduled monument without the written consent of English Heritage, and to damage or destroy a scheduled monument.” Anyone with information or who witnesses people using metal detectors in this area is asked to contact PCSO Nicola Clark on 101. http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/9390713.Illegal_metal_detecting_at_Old_Sarum/

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