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Cotswold farmer claims detectorists 'raping land of Roman history'

So-called "nighthawkers" who steal buried ancient artefacts are "raping" the ground of Roman history, a farmer has claimed.

The illegal practice involves people using metal detectors at night to hunt for valuable treasure.

"I'm not so worried about the value of what they're stealing. I'm more concerned that they are raping this ground. This is Roman history," said Kingscote farmer Graham Nichols.

Mark Horton reports for BBC Inside Out West.

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  • 12 Oct 2015