POLICE are working with English Heritage to tackle illegal metal detecting at Old Sarum Castle.

Over the last week, English Heritage has become aware of a number of incidents at the site where metal detectors have been used before offenders have dug up parts of the site, damaging sensitive archaeological deposits.

A joint statement from Wiltshire Police and English Heritage said: “The castle is widely recognised as of national significance and is designated as a scheduled ancient monument. It is a hugely important community heritage asset, enjoyed and treasured by the citizens of Salisbury.

“It is a criminal offence under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 to both use a metal detector in a scheduled monument without the written consent of English Heritage, and to damage or destroy a scheduled monument.”

Anyone with information or who witnesses people using metal detectors in this area is asked to contact PCSO Nicola Clark on 101.