HeritageWatch 2023 Annual Newsletter

Working with Dyfed-Powys Police, Cadw, Dyfed Archaeological Trust, Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust and Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority set up HeritageWatch to:

  • Raise public awareness of sites at risk from heritage crime
  • Enable the public to report heritage crime
  • Provide training sessions on identifying heritage sites and recognising heritage crime
  • Monitor and patrol sites at risk of heritage crime
  • Carry out repairs at sites affected by heritage crime.

This newsletter aims to provide a roundup of activities and issues relating to the Dyfed-Powys Heritage Watch Scheme for 2023.

Memorial stone on Carregwastad Point near Fishguard remembering the last invasion of Wales by the French in 1797.

Heritage crime reports
A number of heritage crime incidents were reported, including damage, vandalism and graffiti, disturbance, arson, burglary, unauthorised works, theft, offroading, and antisocial behaviour.

A number of patrols took place across the Dyfed-Powys area, including designated Dyfed-Powys Police heritage patrol days, Paws on Patrol events, and visits to sites affected or at risk from heritage crime.

Public events
Colleagues involved with Heritage Watch attended a number of events, including Eisteddfod Yr Urdd, Festival of Archaeology events, Pembrokeshire County Show, Bannau  Brycheiniog Heritage Day, Pembrokeshire Archaeology Day, and the Clwyd-Powys Archaeology Day.

Repair work was carried out on sites affected by heritage crime where possible. Remember, this should only be carried out by
suitably qualified persons and if the relevant consents are in place. Failure to obtain consents may be a criminal offence.

Remember – If you see something, report it to your local police using #OpHeritageCymru

To contact the HeritageWatch team please email archaeology@pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk.