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Police hunt 'nighthawkers' after dig site raid

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 27, 2012

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Illegal metal detecting may mean that the full story of the Roman occupation of the Marton site may never be known.

Police are investigating after illicit 'nighthawkers' gained access to the dig on Saturday, September 22.

"There were definitely nighthawkers digging without permission and they made quite a mess, with holes all over the place," said Lincolnshire County Council's historic environment officer Sarah Grundy.

"It's a great shame because genuine metal detecting enthusiasts have already been very helpful during walks over the site with landowners' permission.

"And, although all the historical finds had been safely removed by the team when this incident took place at the weekend, we'll never know if these people did find anything and take it away."

Witnesses or anyone with information about the illegal metal detecting can call the Lincolnshire Police non-emergency number on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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  • leosaphira  |  September 27 2012, 2:53PM

    Ditto - they are Parasites to the true Metal Detecting folks and clubs - local Lincoln club will also kick out any know night hawkers if any information was to come to light.

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  • Andym  |  September 27 2012, 2:20PM

    Nighthawkers are Not metal detectorists. They are thieves going equipped to steal and all hobbyists that belong to clubs and other part time detectorists see them as criminals. So please do not associate club members and other detectorists with their activities. We will not allow anyone suspected of nighthawking to join any club and if a member is found to partake in such activities he/she will surely be kicked out. So please do not call them Metal detectorists as they are not! Andy pastfinders.info

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