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National Monuments Symposium on preventing heritage crime

Church leaders, police and politicians will share best practice on how to protect against theft the wealth of beautiful and significant monuments housed in England's churches at a national Monuments Symposium at Westminster Abbey on 13th November 2012.

Anne Sloman, Chair of the Church Buildings Council, said: "Monuments are a significant part of our national history - from the Anglo Saxons to the present. The Church has taken good care of them for centuries and this symposium brings together a range of experts to ensure this continues into the future. The Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Constabulary, Andy Bliss, who is the ACPO lead on heritage crime, will speak about how to prevent theft, an increasing problem for churches and local monuments. The Second Church Estates Commissioner Sir Tony Baldry MP will talk about the importance of war memorials to our national psyche as we approach the centenary of the First World War, to ensure celebrations are not marred by metal theft in the coming year."