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Appeal after illegal metal detecting takes place near Sandend

By David Porter

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Officers in Banff are appealing for information in relation to an incident at the Historic Environment Scotland site at Findlater Castle, Sandend.

Around 1230pm on Monday 20 June 2022 a male and a female were seen using a metal detector and thereafter digging in an area which has been designated as protected by Historic Environment Scotland.

The male and female are described as in their late thirties early forties, the male was wearing a white shirt with jeans with balding hair line and the female had shoulder length blonde hair wearing jeans and a pink hoodie.

PC Hussain, the enquiry officer ‘I would like to remind members of the public that by all means enjoy the fantastic and varied tourist attractions that Scotland has to offer, but I would say it is illegal to use metal detectors at Scheduled monuments and if convicted you could be fined up to £1000’.

If you have any information in relation to this incident you can:

• Contact Police on 101 or using the "Contact Us" form on the Police Scotland website https://www.scotland.police.uk/secureforms/contact/

• Report anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

• Get and give information about crime 100% anonymously though Fearless which is a dedicated young person's charity.

Reporting crime is easy at https://www.fearless.org/en/give-info fill in their simple online form without fear of having to reveal your identity.

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