Evildoers beware! British heritage police are on the job!

Thefts and vandalism of historic British landmarks has led English Heritage to team with police chiefs in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset to create a new police force to guard historic sites.

In addition to security for churches and other historic buildings, the "heritage police" will monitor battlefields and archaeological sites to crack down on illegal metal-detecting. "This initiative seeks to address the reluctance to report such crimes by increasing public awareness and placing the emphasis on a coordinated effort," said a spokesman for English Heritage.