'Heritage crime must stop' say Welwyn Hatfield officials
PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 July 2013
SUPPORT has been pledged to tackle crimes against heritage in Welwyn Hatfield.
Last week the borough council, with a number of other authorities, signed a memorandum to help protect listed buildings.
This comes as part of the national Alliance to Reduce Crime against Heritage (ARCH).
Councillor Mandy Perkins, executive member for business and planning, said: “Heritage crime, by which I mean things like lead theft from church roofs and damage caused to listed buildings, is a serious problem nationwide.
“Heritage assets are not only irreplaceable but places like Hatfield House promote tourism and jobs in the borough.
“They and other assets, such as conservation areas, foster local feelings of pride and community.”
The council joined up with Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire County Council and the Crown Prosecution Service to become a member of The Heritage Crime Initiative, last Thursday.