Heritage crime is defined as 'any offence which harms the value of England's heritage assets and their settings to this and future generations'.
Thames Valley sites of interest area: the Roman villa in North Leigh, West Oxfordshire and the Rollright Stones near Chipping Norton.
Advice on Heritage Crime
- Theft or criminal damage involving a monument or an archaeological area should be reported to the police as soon as possible. A report should include a description of offenders and associated motor vehicles.
- Carrying out work on a scheduled monument without consent should be reported to English Heritage (opens new window).
- The vast majority of metal detector-users are law-abiding people and will only detect and search for objects on land where they have the landowner’s permission.
- A landowner cannot give permission for a person to use a metal detector on a scheduled monument.
- Metal detecting in a specified location without consent could amount to theft.
- Illegal detecting at night is sometimes known by the term ‘night hawking’ for more information contact the National Council for Metal Detecting (NCMD) (opens new window).
- If a member of the public comes across any buried treasure contact English Heritage (opens new window) for advice.