Heritage Watch launches in Manningtree and Lawford
Local champions for the Manningtree and Lawford heritage industry have joined forces to launch a new police initiative aimed at protecting the past.
The launch of Heritage Watch took place at St. Mary’s Church, Lawford and was attended by special guests from Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue, Manningtree Town Council and Lawford Parish Council.
Heritage Watch is a partnership between owners of historical sites, those with an interest in the preservation of local history and police designed both to share information about and prevent crimes against sites of historical interest.
The Watch group will look to exchange information and put in practice crime prevention advice in order to prevent heritage crime. This can range from the theft of historical artefacts to unauthorised building work on listed buildings.
If any reader is interested in becoming part of Heritage Watch please contact Essex Police via our webpage www.essex.police.uk/advice/essex-watch/heritage-watch/ or sign up to our Electronic Community Messaging (ECM) www.essexcommunitymessaging.org and receive local information about Heritage Watch in your area.
Essex Police would like to thank Cllr Michelle Taylor for her support and assistance with launch and Rev. Simon Heron and Sue Jones for the use of St Marys Church.