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As a result of information following warrants executed in St Albans, Hertfordshire yesterday to target the theft of heritage artefacts and munitions, Thames Valley Police has arrested a 35-year-old man from Bicester this morning on suspicion of theft.
A quantity of First and Second World War munitions were located, as a result of the arrest, at a residential address in Buckingham Crescent in Bicester. The man was arrested on suspicion of theft from heritage and protected sites and is currently in police custody.
It is suspected that the arrested man obtained these artefacts through illegal metal detecting, which is a heritage crime. It is a criminal offence to retrieve artefacts from the ground through using a metal detector if the land is a protected site or without permission of the landowner.
An exact list of all the items has yet to be established by investigating officers at the address. Controlled explosions are planned to take place in order to safely remove artefacts and munitions found at the address.
“These controlled explosions pose no threat to the general public. As a precaution we have evacuated a few properties in close proximity. The seizure will take some time to process all the items recovered. We have experts in place to deal safely with the items recovered.”
"The practice of illegal metal detecting or stealing artefacts from the ground, particularly from conflict sites relating to the First and Second World Wars, is an issue that English Heritage takes very seriously. We recognise that the majority of the metal detecting community comply with the laws and regulations relating to the discovery and recovery of objects from the land. We are prepared to take action and do what is necessary including, working alongside the police, to bring those responsible to justice."
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