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Heritage Watch launches in #Colchester

22 Sep Heritage Watch launches in #Colchester

Local champions for Colchester’s heritage industry came together today to launch a new police initiative for the town aimed at protecting the past.

The launch of Heritage Watch in Colchester took place at the Holytrees Museum earlier today. Attendees from Essex Police, Colchester Borough Council and Essex County Fire and Rescue, had the opportunity to learn more about the site with a guided tour.

Heritage Watch, an Essex Police led partnership, will work with agencies including Essex County Council, Historic England, English Heritage, the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office and the National Trust to protect local heritage sites, and is looking for history enthusiasts to join.

The Watch group will look to exchange information and put in practice crime prevention advice in order to prevent heritage crime. This can range from the theft of historical artefacts to unauthorised building work on listed buildings.

“This is a positive start for Heritage Watch at Colchester with a multi-agency group coming together to take the project forward. We must remember that any part of our local heritage that is damaged or destroyed is lost forever.”
Steve Gray, police volunteer with Essex Watch