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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Norfolk 'nighthawkers' face illegal metal detecting clampdown

Police in Norfolk have been told to "pay extra attention" to illegal metal detecting as part of routine patrols.

The move follows the arrest of two men in Thetford, Norfolk, on suspicion of going equipped to steal.

Andrew Rogerson, a senior archaeologist with Norfolk County Council, said the illegal detecting, or nighthawking, was a "big problem".

A Norfolk Police spokesman said officers were being reminded of the issue in daily briefings.

"Nighthawking is a big problem in Norfolk and has been for many years, but very few people are caught," said Mr Rogerson.

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