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Men sentenced following ‘irreversible damage’ at historic site

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Men sentenced following ‘irreversible damage’ at historic site

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Monday, 27 June 2022

Police Scotland

Two Argyll men appeared at court following illegal metal detecting

Two Argyll men appeared at Dunoon Sheriff Court yesterday (June 23), charged with illegal metal detecting and excavation at Dunadd Fort – a site of historical and national significance.
Andrejs Grisulis, (35) of Kinlochleven, and Matthew Madden, (55) of Fort William, were both given a six-month Community Payback Order, with 80 hours of unpaid work needing to be completed in that time.

The two were found to have disturbed 35 separate areas at Dunadd, after investigations conducted by Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

Dunadd, near Lochgilphead, is a royal power centre of Gaelic kings dating from 800 BC. It has been a legally protected site for 90 years.

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