Heritage Crime

Crime is a threat to the historic environment management and we aim to work with local communities to ensure that heritage assets are protected from criminal damage, for example: lead theft from historic churches, illegal metal detecting or fly-tipping on archaeological sites.

The Heritage Crime Initiative has been set up by Historic England, the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to combat criminal activity that directly or indirectly affects heritage assets. 

Proactive local engagement is an essential aspect of this initiative, and the Archaeology Service is working with Thames Valley Police to initialise a programme to identify, record and report heritage crime in West Berkshire.

To find out more about Heritage Crime, please visit