West Mercia Police, the Churches Conservation Trust and the Diocese of Worcester are pleased to announce a Heritage Crime Forum day event to take place at All Saints Church, Worcester, on Friday 8 November from 9.30am – 3.30pm. The day looks to bring together those who care for historic buildings and the key stakeholders in the fight against heritage crime, to build strategies to better prevent heritage crime and help those communities who suffer the effects of heritage crime better.

The day will benefit from speakers from a wide range of organisations, including Historic England, the Churches Conservation Trust, the Scrap Metal Dealers Association and the diocesan Church Buildings Officer, Mark Carter.

Speaking of the partnership with West Mercia Police and the Churches Conservation Trust, the Archdeacon of Worcester, the Venerable Robert Jones said: 

“Heritage Crime is a major concern for communities and congregations who look after the many hundreds of historic church buildings in the Diocese of Worcester and the wider area covered by West Mercia Police. It is encouraging that the Police are supporting this event to help our communities as they seek to prevent crime taking place but also to better support those who suffer from heritage crime. I encourage parishes to send a representative to this event and share the learning across our churches and the communities which we serve as a Church."

The event is free to attend, including lunch kindly provided by the Police, and bookings can be made via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/heritage-crime-forum-2019-tickets-73951877055

Any enquiries can be made to the Church Buildings Office at the diocese on 01905 732809. Parishes in Dudley Archdeaconry who do not fall under West Mercia Police but West Midlands Police are equally encouraged to attend.