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Launch of Op Heritage Cymru

OP HERITAGE CYMRU | Wales’ four police forces have linked-up to drive down heritage crime with a stark warning – once it is gone it cannot be returned.

Heritage crime harms historic assets and sites, and includes illegal metal detecting, or nighthawking, and off-roading on such sites.

To try and prevent the further loss of important pieces of heritage forces launched Op Heritage Cymru - the first initiative of its kind in the UK aimed at raising awareness and preventing heritage crime across Wales.

PCSO Iwan Owen from North Wales Police’ Rural Crime Team said: “Our heritage is what makes us who we are so it is vital that we protect these landmarks and landscapes for future generations.

“It may seem like small crimes to those involved but it is not. Anything that is taken or damaged in the process of heritage crime is irreplaceable. So, once they are gone they are lost forever.

“We are proud to be part of this important initiative and we hope the public will support us by being our eyes and ears and reporting it to us when they see people committing heritage crimes.”

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