Illegal treasure hunting damaging Hadrian’s Wall

Started by gash, June 21, 2018, 08:18:25 pm

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Hadrian's Wall is being damaged by metal detectorists illegally searching for buried treasure at night, experts have warned.

Historic England says nighthawks, as illegal metal detectorists are known, have dug more than 50 holes at the Brunton Turret section of the 1,900-year-old World Heritage Site near Chollerford in Northumberland.

As well as damaging the ruins of the turret, they are also breaking the law, as it is illegal to use a metal detector without permission at a scheduled monument.

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