Joint meeting in stance against heritage crime
Sussex Police joined partners last week at Cissbury Ring to highlight the impact of heritage crime and unlawful metal detecting at the site.
Heritage Crime Officer Daryl Holter, Sergeant Tom Carter Rural Crime lead joined with local MP Tim Loughton, Councillor Dan Humphrys (Leader of Worthing Borough Council) and Councillor Louise Murphy (Worthing Council), National Trusts Archaeologist Tom Dommett, West Sussex County Councils Archaeologist John Mills, Portable Antiquity Schemes Edwin Wood, Worthing Museum Curator James Sainsbury and local detectorist at the ancient fort last Friday.
During this meeting officers showed partners its unmanned aerial vehicle technology and discussed its capabilities, further equipment used for fighting rural crime was brought along, including a thermal imaging camera and night vision equipment.
Daryl said: "The meeting was essential to show us standing united against heritage crime, it is crucial that we all work together and raise awareness of these crimes, education and prevention are key to safeguarding our heritage assets. Having the chance to reach out to the public as a shared voice on this issue is so important, to stop crime we all need to work together."
Unfortunately while at Cissbury Ring new ground disturbance was found, anyone with information on Heritage Crime or unlawful metal detecting is urged to contact Sussex Police on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101. Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org), so that together, we can preserve our shared heritage.