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Gloucestershire has a rich heritage that goes back thousands of years. Sadly, people will sometimes damage our heritage, whether maliciously or through ignorance and others will steal from it.

The impact of damage or theft to heritage sites cannot be under-estimated. Once a heritage asset is damaged, destroyed or stolen, it is lost forever.

Heritage crime can take many forms, including metal-detecting on scheduled ancient monuments, lead theft from listed buildings, the use of off-road motor vehicles on heritage sites, theft of artefacts.

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What do I do now?

 If you suspect a heritage crime is in progress, you should:

  • ring the police on the 999 emergency number
  • give an accurate location if possible
  • do not put yourself or anyone else in danger
  • observe what is happening and give full details to the call taker (descriptions, car registration numbers)
  • make notes if possible
  • make yourself available to speak to the attending officer
  • act on the instructions of the call-taker

If you suspect a heritage crime has taken place, you should:

  • ring the police on the 101 non-emergency number
  • give an accurate location if possible
  • preserve any evidence if possible
  • make yourself available to the attending officer
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What happens next?

The incident will be fully investigated by, or with the assistance of Rural and Environmental Crime Liaison Officers (RECLOs). Below are useful links:

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/professional/advice/advice-by-topic/heritage-crime/

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/publications/conservation-bulletin-70/

http://list.english-heritage.org.uk/mapsearch.aspx

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What else can I do?

Keep informed about the types of heritage crime that can be committed and don't ignore any suspicious activity. Follow our guidelines if you suspect a heritage crime is taking place. If you prefer to report anonymously, please contact Crimestoppers

 

Page last updated: 13 April 2015