Protecting our past with Heritage Watch

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A new police initiative to protect the district’s heritage was launched at Epping Ongar Railway on 14 July.

Heritage Watch is a new scheme to encourage local people to help protect their local heritage from theft, vandalism, graffiti, criminal damage and arson.

Heritage Watch Launch

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Members of the public are urged to join Heritage Watch to preserve community assets and protect them from heritage crime, which can range from stolen artefacts to unauthorised building work on historical buildings.

Ensuring the protection of our heritage

Councillor Anne Grigg said: “I’m thrilled to be launching the Epping Forest district Heritage Watch. Its aim is to preserve and maintain the districts diverse history and keep it alive for future generations, this scheme is vital in ensuring the protection of our heritage.”

Essex Watch Liaison Officer Colin Freeman said: “Crimes against Heritage are crimes against the whole community and we will do our upmost to combat the issue and keep our history safe. I ask any resident who has a love of history and enjoy exploring our heritage to join us and keep our community assets safe.”

Join Heritage Watch

If you are interested in joining Heritage Watch, please contact Essex Police on 101 and ask to speak to your local Essex Watch Liaison Officer or become a member of Heritage Watch online.