Monday, 11 July 2011

Nighthawking Artefact Hunters in the News Again

A 39 year-old man from Rotherham in South Yorkshire has been arrested by Lincolnshire Police investigating the alleged theft of artefacts from archaeological sites by metal detectorists operating illegally. Police from Horncastle, supported by English Heritage, made the arrest in connection with Operation Totem, their investigation into heritage crime in the area. The arrested man was interviewed at a local Police station, and released on bail pending further enquiries. Lincolnshire Police officers from Horncastle executed a search warrant in Rotherham in connection with the investigation. So-called "Nighthawking" is a problem in the Horncastle area, one such theft is believed to have occurred at Old Bolingbroke in May. Eight large holes had been dug, each between 1 and 4 feet square, and it is believed these have been caused by metal detectorists. The distance between Rotherham and Horncastle is 86 km.

1 comment:

David Gill said...

For the report from the BBC: here.

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