by Lisa George
The rural team works closely with Heritage Watch to protect the county’s many sites of historical and cultural value.
A Heritage Watch Conference will be held at Leeds Castle in the New Year and the Kent Heritage Watch Steering Committee recently met at the venue. Chairman of Kent Heritage Watch and Leeds Castle Security Manager, Kelvin Wood, said: ‘At the September Heritage Watch meeting we reported progress is good, with plenty of activity countywide. I’d like to thank Kent Police for its support and Brook Security for their continued contribution through sponsorship.
Discussions focussed on further awareness of the County Eye app and plans for the Heritage Watch Kent Conference at Leeds Castle on 7th February 2018. This is expected to attract around 50 delegates representing Kent Police, heritage crime prevention organisations and heritage venues across Kent’.
Rural PC Darren Reed who leads for heritage crime for Kent Police, said ‘Our county is rich in heritage with many locations that are either private, open to the public, under the sea or yet to be excavated, which hold immense historical and cultural value.
We have active investigations on a daily basis for offences ranging from theft to criminal damage and disturbance of these sites. It’s extremely important to safeguard them and continue support of Heritage Watch and Country Eye app forms part of the strategy to target those involved in these crimes’.