Wednesday, 2 January 2013

"If you get a slap on the wrist, you just do it again"

Simon Thurley, the Chief Executive of English Heritage has been speaking about Heritage Crime in England ("Courts must get tough on vandals, says heritage chief", Daily Telegraph, December 26, 2012). The interview specifically talked about the damage to Priddy Circles. His strongest words were about metal-detecting, no doubt in the light of the Irchester case, as he added:
However, Mr Thurley said there was evidence that many of those who targeted historic monuments, including metaldetector users who dug up archaeologically rich sites looking for valuable artefacts, were "habitual" offenders.
He suggested that some thieves even trawled English Heritage's databases of protected sites looking for places likely to contain rich pickings.
"There is no disincentive. If you get a slap on the wrist, you just do it again," he said.
In the case of Irchester the scheduling is unequivocal.

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