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Nighthawking gang stole priceless Bronze Age artefacts from castle 'for the craic'

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For the latest Tameside news sign up to the MyTameside newsletter here A gang of nighthawkers stole Bronze Age axes and coins from English Heritage sites 'for the craic' - then discussed flogging the priceless artefacts on eBay.

The five Tameside men donned camouflage clothing and head torches as they slipped through gaps in the walls of Beeston Castle, Cheshire.

Operating under the cover of darkness, the crooks dug 'at least 70 holes' in the grounds of the 13th Century castle between December 13 and 15, 2019.

They also targeted Grade II listed Roche Abbey in Yorkshire. Despite a lack of historical knowledge and only two metal detectors between them, the nighthawkers managed to make off with 'irreplaceable' Bronze Age axes and coins.

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