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Evidence of illegal digs found at Hadrian’s Wall

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Police are investigating illegal digs found at a centre section of Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland.

The damage is understood to be caused by “nighthawking”; the illegal use of metal detectors by either unwitting amateurs bumbling through digs or unscrupulous thieves.

It is thought that a rise in so-called heritage crime has been fuelled in part by an increase in amateur detectorists, who believe they could find a treasure trove of gold or coins after seeing significant hauls such as the Staffordshire Hoard publicised.

The unregulated digs are now being investigated by experts, who say they cannot tolerate anything that “harms the appreciation of our collective heritage”.

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Story: Hannah Furness, The Telegraph | Photo: The Telegraph

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