There's been a rise in illegal metal detectorists known as "nighthawks" using metal detectors to dig on historic land along Hadrian's Wall.
More than 50 holes have been discovered at the Brunton Turret section of Hadrian’s Wall. This turret and the well-preserved section of Hadrian’s Wall next to it were built by the men of the Twentieth Legion of the Roman Army. The remains above ground are surrounded by further buried archaeological remains from the Roman frontier, and it is these remains that are very vulnerable to damage from nighthawks.
Archaeologists from Historic England are calling on visitors to Hadrian’s Wall and Tyne Valley residents to report illegal metal detecting