Sussex Police has joined up with local MPs in order to highlight the impact of heritage crime and unlawful metal detecting at Cissbury Ring near Worthing.
Heritage crime officer Daryl Holter, and 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).
Also present were National Trust archaeologist Tom Dommett, West Sussex County Council archaeologist John Mills, Portable Antiquity Schemes’ Edwin Wood, Worthing Museum curator James Sainsbury and local detectorist were also present at the ancient fort last Friday.
During this meeting officers showed partners 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.
Officer Holter 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, police say. Anyone with information on Heritage Crime or unlawful metal detecting is urged to contact Sussex Police on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101.
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