Treasure trove thieves ‘stealing our heritage’

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THIEVES are “stealing our heritage” from beneath our feet at popular beauty spots.

They are targeting historical sites, including Berkhamsted and Northchurch Commons in Ashridge, according to council officials.

The plunderers are using an online archaeological database, created to aid historical research, to find treasure.

These ‘night hawkers’, who use metal detectors to dig up valuable artefacts after dark, have used research by Dr Jonathan Hunn and commissioned by the National Trust to help find ancient sites.

Dr Hunn put his findings online. They include the location of a Bronze Age burial ground up to 3,000 years old.

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