Image of a bronze cannon recovered from a historic wreck.

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A bronze cannon from a historic wreck. Items like this are a target for thieves. © Historic England

Reporting a Heritage Crime

Contact the police

Call 999 in an emergency, such as when:

  • A crime's in progress
  • Someone suspected of a crime is nearby
  • There's danger to life or property
  • Violence is being used or threatened

Call 101 to report crime and other concerns that don't require an emergency response, such as:

  • When property has been stolen or damaged and the suspect is no longer at the scene
  • If you suspect unlawful metal detecting is happening in your neighbourhood
  • To give the police information about crime or anti-social behaviour in your area

101 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


To pass on information about criminal activity and remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting their online information giving page.

You will never have to give a formal statement, talk to police or be a witness in court, and you could receive a reward of up to £1,000 if the information you provide leads to the arrest and charge of at least one person.

Crimestoppers line is also open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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