‘Keep off’ warning over historic site

Police have issued a stark warning to youngsters about the dangers of damaging an historic Wragby site.

Teenagers were spotted trying to make a skate board ramp at Wragby Rout Yard – the site of the remains of a medieval manor complex and two moated islands with ditch enclosures.

The site, at the end of Cemetery Road, is protected by English Heritage and is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 meaning that anyone who damages it in any way can face prosecution and a hefty fine.

Horncastle Police’s neighbourhood sergeant Alasdair Booth said: “There may be young people living in the village who simply don’t realise that they are doing anything wrong.

“These historical monuments are of national importance and must be protected for future generations to enjoy so we want to educate youngsters in the village, encourage them to value this significant heritage and understand that such damage won’t be tolerated.”

Several initiatives aimed at tackling Heritage Crime have been instigated by Wolds area officers this summer including a crack down on illegal metal detecting practices, known as ‘Nighthawking’ and the launch of a Churchwatch scheme.

Lincolnshire Police’s chief constable Richard Crompton is the ACPO lead in Heritage Crime.

Anyone with information about the damage caused at Wragby Rout Yard, which took place on June 27, is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on 0300 111 0300 quoting incident number 496 of June 27.