It is hard not to feel outraged by things like this and to feel that a massive punishment is due.

But it’s worth reflecting that whoever did this acted alone and (conceivably) through ignorance.

Compare and contrast Thornborough, the Rotherwas Ribbon, Tara and Bonds Garage (Avebury), all of which were legally preventable and took place with the full knowledge and indeed the effective connivance of the heritage protection authorities and the system.

So, no crocodile tears or condemnatory statements thanks. Not until Britain’s and Ireland’s heritage protection agencies properly protect heritage themselves!