Reporting Heritage Crime
If you witness a suspected heritage crime in action call 999 immediately and ask for the police. For all other non-urgent enquiries please contact Dorset Police here. For your own safety, do not approach suspects yourself or touch anything at the scene.
If possible, give information on:
- What is happening
- The exact location (a map reference or local landmark can be useful)
- The date and time of the incident
- Who is involved (e.g. number of people, clothing worn, tools being carried, or any dogs)
- The make, colour and registration number of any vehicle
- If it is safe to do so take photos which may be used as evidence and remember to ask the police for an incident reference number.
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Legislation and enforcement powers
Historic England, together with the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and a range of partners across the heritage and law enforcement sectors, have set up the Heritage Crime Programme.
Relevant legislation for prosecuting heritage crime may include:
- Criminal Damage Act 1971
- Theft Act 1978
- Treasure Act 1996
- Dealing in Cultural Objects Act 2003
- Protection of Wrecks Act 1973
- Protection of Military Remains act 1986
- Town and Country Planning Act 1990
- Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.