Council move to protect heritage
11:20am Monday 16th September 2013 in Latest News
THIEVES and vandals thinking of targeting Swindon’s heritage have been issued a ‘hands off’ warning by Swindon Council and English Heritage.
The local authority will be the first in the South West to sign up to an initiative designed to protect the borough’s heritage.
The Heritage Crime Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which has been supported by a number of public bodies, councils and community safety partnerships, pledges to work with English Heritage, the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to prevent, investigate, prosecute and advise on heritage crime.
The MoU forms a key part of English Heritage’s Heritage Crime Programme and Alliance to Reduce Crime against Heritage (ARCH), which works with local partnerships to identify heritage assets in their area that may be at risk of irreversible damage from crime and anti-social behaviour and to report any suspicious incidents to their Neighbourhood Policing Teams.
The ARCH also spreads anti-crime information to official bodies, heritage organisations such as the National Trust and local faith and community groups.
The council will have a key role in investigating and taking any subsequent enforcement action if complaints are made about unauthorised work to listed buildings.
The MoU will be signed by Coun David Renard, Swindon Council Leader at the Swindon Heritage Board meeting tomorrow.
He said: “We want to send out a clear message to potential vandals and thieves that heritage crime will not be tolerated in Swindon.”
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