Heritage Watch scheme launched at Hedingham Castle

The launch of the Heritage Watch scheme at Hedingham Castle in Castle Hedingham. L-R: Terry Fowles (

The launch of the Heritage Watch scheme at Hedingham Castle in Castle Hedingham. L-R: Terry Fowles (Essex Watch), Chris English (community safety officer), Brenda Cross (Essex Watch), Robert Rose (Braintree Museum manager), Simon Orr (Hedingham Castle General manager), Andy Long (Heritage and wildlife crime officer), Stephen Armson-Smith (crime prevention tactical advisor) with Inspector Nick Couldridge (front). - Credit: Archant

A scheme aimed at protecting historical sites in Essex was launched at a Norman castle yesterday.

Heritage Watch from Essex Police will bring together a number of organisations and some well-known attractions in the fight against theft of historical artefacts and unauthorised work to listed buildings, among other crime.

The project was unveiled in April but officially launched for the Braintree district at Hedingham Castle yesterday

Stephen Armson-Smith, Heritage Watch co-ordinator, said: “Heritage Watch has been inspired by schemes launched by Cheshire and Hertfordshire Police.

“We hope to maintain and preserve important places of interest to prevent any crime that may damage assets beyond recovery, which may lead to the loss of a piece of history and may deprive future generations.

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“We urge all residents who have a love of history and enjoy exploring Essex’s heritage to join us in keeping our community assets safe.”

Historic England, the Essex Police & Crime Commissioner and district councils are among those to back the scheme, which encourages information sharing.

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If you are interested in joining Heritage Watch call Essex Police on 101 and ask to speak to your local Essex Watch Liaison Officer.

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