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'Nighthawking' at Beeston Castle

Beeston Castle from Horsley Lane, Cheshire 5

Nighthawking is the process of stealing archaeological artefacts from protected sites under the cover of darkness.

It is with huge regret and shock that we report that this has been happening right here on the Sandstone Ridge.

Two male metal detectorists from Greater Manchester were held after 'historic artefacts' were stolen from Beeston Castle grounds earlier this month.

Cheshire Police Rural Crime Team have launched an investigation following several reports of nighthawking at this English Heritage site.

A spokeswoman said the pair had since been been released under investigation.

She confirmed that the items (which have not been publicly identified) were removed from the Woodland Park which surrounds this English Heritage property and which dates back to the 13th Century.

If you see anything suspicious, then please report it to ensure the preservation of our heritage.

Call Cheshire police on 101 quoting IML 588219.