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Tractor lines ploughing through the Trippet Stones Circle in Cornwall
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Roy Goutté

Close on the heels of the damage created by horses and tractors at Trethevy Quoit (see Trethevy Quoit put at risk) the stone circle known as the Trippet Stones on Manor Common, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall has now come under attack by an inconsiderate (tractor) driver. On a recent visit to the Stones, Trust members were appalled to see tractor lines going right through the circle. Rather than simply avoid the circle altogether the driver drove through its centre from two different directions and in doing so destroyed archaeology by churning up the ground immediately over some missing stone holes. It beggars belief that in this informed day and age there are still people about who don’t care a fig for our heritage.

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Tractor lines ploughing through the Trippet Stones
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Roy Goutté

This seemingly ever increasing couldn’t-care-a-less attitude by some farmers/farmhands/contactors is very worrying and unless some seriously severe fines or custodial sentences are handed out it’s difficult to see how they will be stopped other than by securely fencing these areas off from vehicle access. I have reported the damage to English Heritage who will hopefully follow it up.

Roy Goutté