Friday 2 April 2021

More Metal Detector Users Found Damaging Protected Sites

Following an investigation by Cheshire Police and Historic England into damage done to protected heritage sites located across the Midlands and Northern England by artefact hunters using metal detectors another four of these 'hobbyists' are facing charges (Mark Dowling, 'Four men to appear at Chester court charged in connection with heritage crimes' Chester Standard 1.04.2021).

Four men are to appear at Chester Magistrates Court next week, charged in connection with the theft of historic artefacts from protected heritage sites. Cheshire police have confirmed two men aged 33, as well as a 31-year-old man and a 29-year-old man, have been charged with unlicensed metal detecting in a protected place. [...] The 31-year-old man is also charged with producing the class B cannabis. The four men, all from Tameside, are to appear in court in Chester on Friday, April 9.
Maybe we could STOP talking about "the theft of historic artefacts from protected heritage sites" and talk about the real problem, that they are damaging these sites - which are protected for a reason. Also it's quite interesting that in the recent reports both the police and journalists seem to have refrained from that usual space-filling crap about "small minority of law breakers, not the same as the majority of law-abiding artefact hunters that don't actually report their finds, but at least don't break the law, bless them". About time this was stopped, 27000 artefact hunters are doing a huge amount of damage to what is left of Britain's archaeological record. Time to call a spade a spade.

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