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||POLICE AND HERITAGE EXPERTS
BY TOM BRADSHAW
11:00 - 19 October 2004
Off-road motorcyclists and fly-
tippers are destroying a historic Anglo-Saxon
earthwork near Keynsham, heritage experts said
yesterday. Now Avon and Somerset police have
teamed up with English Heritage to protect the
site and other ancient monuments in west
Archaeologists believe the earthwork, just
outside Compton Dando, dates back to either early
Anglo-Saxon or late Roman times.
Susan Smith, assistant inspector of ancient
monuments for the south west branch of English
Heritage, said they were anxious to bring those
damaging the site to book.
She said: "The aim of the initiative is for
us to build a closer relationship with the
"We can then reduce the number of incidents
of damage to scheduled monuments and, where
necessary, secure convictions against those
responsible for the damage.
"It is important that English Heritage
inspectors are involved at the first possible
opportunity as the statutory guardians of these
"We have the expert knowledge to evaluate
the damage, and by working closely with the
police we hope to achieve our aims."
Besides west Wansdyke, English Heritage and the
police are also cracking down on vandals at Brean
Down in the Bristol Channel and Cheddar show
All three sites are protected by the 1979 Ancient
Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act, which
makes damage to the sites illegal.
Pc Dave Cooper, crime reduction officer at Avon
and Somerset Police, said the force was working
with English Heritage to cut vandalism.
He said: "It is vital that we work together
to safeguard these hugely important heritage
sites so that they can be preserved for future
generations to enjoy and learn from."
The campaign also has the support of the National
Martin Papworth, the trust's regional
archaeologist for Wessex, said: "The trust
welcomes this initiative and hopes that this
joint approach will lead to greater protection of
our heritage sites."