Bid to prevent heritage crime

THE Peak District has become the first national park authority to take a stand on heritage crime by signing the Heritage Crime Enforcement memorandum, a move which sees English Heritage, the police and the Crown Prosecution Service work together to tackle not only thieves and vandals but also property owners who damage their own historic buildings.

The Peak District has a great legacy of celebrated landmarks and has in total, just under 3,000 listed buildings, with lead theft from local churches one of the major issues in recent times.

Pauline Beswick, the park’s representative for cultural heritage, said, “Once objects are damaged, removed or destroyed they are lost forever. We owe it to future generations to protect them from harm.”

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