New scheme to protect historical sites launched

Watford Observer: New scheme to protect historical sites launched New scheme to protect historical sites launched

A new scheme that aims to protect the county’s thousands of historical sites, monuments and artefacts from heritage and cultural property crime has been launched today.

Hertfordshire Constabulary, with the support of English Heritage and Hertfordshire County Council, is today launching Heritage Watch to the public.

Heritage Watch has been introduced at key heritage sites and museums across Hertfordshire by the local chief inspectors. In Watford, Chief Inspector Dave Wheatley teamed up with heritage site St Mary’s Church in Watford - an 800 year old church that dates back to medieval times - to introduce the scheme to the area.

Heritage crime is any offence which targets the historic environment - such as famous natural landmarks, cathedrals and ancient battle fields - and cultural property - such as pieces of art, jade and rhino horn. 

Through the scheme, the constabulary hopes to further protect the county’s historical artefacts and heritage sites by improving communication between people who live near these sites, those who have an interest in the county’s heritage and the police.

The constabulary’s chief constable, Andy Bliss, is the national policing lead for heritage crime and cultural property.

He said: "Tackling heritage and cultural property crime is something I take an active interest in, not only because I am the national policing lead, but also because I feel it is important to protect Hertfordshire’s historical and cultural assets for future generations.

"People who live close to historical sites and those who have a real interest in our local history tend to frequent the county’s areas of historical interest more often and are therefore likely to notice anything suspicious or out of the ordinary.

"Through joining Heritage Watch, we hope the public will become the ‘eyes and ears’ of these precious sites and artefacts and report anything suspicious to us."

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd said: "Hertfordshire boasts thousands of beautiful heritage sites and assets and I am keen to support anything that aims to protect them for generations to come."

Greg Luton, planning director for English Heritage for the East of England, said: "Heritage Watch is another important step forward towards solving heritage crime which robs us of our shared history.

"This initiative has shown the enthusiasm and commitment from Hertfordshire Police, local authorities and the communities of Hertfordshire to establish local networks, which is the most important part of the project. This is where the real difference can be made."

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2:36pm Tue 22 Apr 14

LSC says...

Well, I hope it is more successful than Green Belt or Conservation Areas in Hertsmere are, which don't seem to mean squat when developers start waving money around.
Well, I hope it is more successful than Green Belt or Conservation Areas in Hertsmere are, which don't seem to mean squat when developers start waving money around. LSC
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3:11pm Tue 22 Apr 14

TRT says...

Or indeed bulldozing and filling in the last remaining vestige of the stream that once served Watford Mill on Lower High Street.
Or indeed bulldozing and filling in the last remaining vestige of the stream that once served Watford Mill on Lower High Street. TRT
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1:42pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Andrew1963 says...

Lets hope the two concrete anti tank cubes by the Colne bridge at Wiggenhall road survive the health campus alterations. The interesting thing is you realise the defences are on the side of the river (with the river bed acted as the anti tank ditch) to defend London, after presumably most of Watford had been given up to the attacking Nazi army. Field archaeology items like these are not very glamorous but are part of the history of the landscape. A defensive fortification with the same function as Offas Dyke or Hadrians wall, just time makes it contemporary to our age.
Lets hope the two concrete anti tank cubes by the Colne bridge at Wiggenhall road survive the health campus alterations. The interesting thing is you realise the defences are on the side of the river (with the river bed acted as the anti tank ditch) to defend London, after presumably most of Watford had been given up to the attacking Nazi army. Field archaeology items like these are not very glamorous but are part of the history of the landscape. A defensive fortification with the same function as Offas Dyke or Hadrians wall, just time makes it contemporary to our age. Andrew1963
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2:55pm Wed 23 Apr 14

TRT says...

Andrew1963 wrote:
Lets hope the two concrete anti tank cubes by the Colne bridge at Wiggenhall road survive the health campus alterations. The interesting thing is you realise the defences are on the side of the river (with the river bed acted as the anti tank ditch) to defend London, after presumably most of Watford had been given up to the attacking Nazi army. Field archaeology items like these are not very glamorous but are part of the history of the landscape. A defensive fortification with the same function as Offas Dyke or Hadrians wall, just time makes it contemporary to our age.
Perfectly reasonable tactics. Try to demoralise the enemy, trap them in Watford. ;)
[quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: Lets hope the two concrete anti tank cubes by the Colne bridge at Wiggenhall road survive the health campus alterations. The interesting thing is you realise the defences are on the side of the river (with the river bed acted as the anti tank ditch) to defend London, after presumably most of Watford had been given up to the attacking Nazi army. Field archaeology items like these are not very glamorous but are part of the history of the landscape. A defensive fortification with the same function as Offas Dyke or Hadrians wall, just time makes it contemporary to our age.[/p][/quote]Perfectly reasonable tactics. Try to demoralise the enemy, trap them in Watford. ;) TRT
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10:18pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Andrew1963 says...

I suppose so. Perhaps the ring road was in reality a 1950s Cold War plan to frustrate invading soviet forces.
I suppose so. Perhaps the ring road was in reality a 1950s Cold War plan to frustrate invading soviet forces. Andrew1963
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10:42pm Wed 23 Apr 14

TRT says...

Andrew1963 wrote:
I suppose so. Perhaps the ring road was in reality a 1950s Cold War plan to frustrate invading soviet forces.
Well that's one thing the council did get to work then, because I've never seen any rushin' on the ring road.'
[quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: I suppose so. Perhaps the ring road was in reality a 1950s Cold War plan to frustrate invading soviet forces.[/p][/quote]Well that's one thing the council did get to work then, because I've never seen any rushin' on the ring road.' TRT
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