Great job, Police and English Heritage, catching a nighthawk . The first time there’s been had been such a co-ordinated team approach. So long live ARCH – The Alliance to reduce crime against heritage!

What a crying shame this was said though: “Behaviour such as his removes part of our heritage and will not be tolerated.

Please, Police, English Heritage et al, in future if you’re going to highlight the “heritage loss” aspect of nighthawking rather than the theft aspect can you not give the public the least reason to believe that illegal metal detecting is the main cause of heritage loss through metal detecting. It isn’t. Legal detecting by those who don’t report their finds is far more widespread and the cause of vastly more heritage loss than nighthawking. And IS tolerated.

The public has a right to understand that. Thanks.


More Heritage Action views on metal detecting and artefact collecting