Gloucestershire discussion over heritage crime growth

Concerns about a growth in heritage crime have led to a major discussion at Gloucester Cathedral.

It is hoped that new ideas for tackling crime, such as metal thefts from historic buildings and the desecration of monuments, will be generated.

English Heritage has joined the Diocese of Gloucester and the county's police force and council for the seminar.

Jon Palfrey, rural and environmental crime officer, said heritage crime "blights the fabric of our society".

English Heritage added it was "not just a financial crime" which effected insurance companies.

Mark Harrison, the body's national policing and crime advisor, said: "This is crime that erases history, threatens the viability of churches, defiles the memory of our war heroes and melts away our great art and artefacts."

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