The summit of Crook Peak looking northeast towards Compton Hill, Somerset, England
Source Wikimedia Commons © George Evans
 
Wired Gov, the UK’s No.1 government & public sector news alerting service, reports that –
 
Illegal off-roading by 4×4 vehicles on one of England’s most special places, the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), has caused substantial damage to the historic landscape at the Charterhouse lead works in Blackmoor Reserve, near Blagdon, Somerset. English Heritage staff have discovered deep ruts and surface erosion to delicate surfaces forming part of the former lead and silver mining complex, which is protected both as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Scheduled Monument.
 
Hugh Beamish, Assistant Inspector of Ancient Monuments for English Heritage said: “We hope by highlighting the damage caused that it will discourage others from carrying out the same mindless act. Heritage crime erases history, defaces the landscape, threatens the viability of churches, defiles the memory of our war heroes and melts away our great art and artefacts.”
 
Heritage crime such as this is defined as ‘any offence which harms the value of England’s heritage assets and their settings to this and future generations’. It includes offences such as architectural and metal theft, illegal metal detecting, graffiti, and vehicle nuisance. English Heritage, the Police (through the Association of Chief Police Officers), and the Crown Prosecution Service are currently spearheading a national programme to tackle Heritage Crime.
 
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