MEMBERS of the public are being warned against using metal detectors at scheduled monuments without consent, amid a rise in incidents in East Lothian.

Police Scotland have said that using a metal detector at a scheduled monument without permission is an offence, following reports of individuals using the devices at Traprain Law.

Those who wish to use metal detectors in the area are advised to apply for Section 42 consent, available on the Historic Environment Scotland website.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “There have been reports of people illegally metal detecting on Traprain Law recently. If you see anything suspicious, please call 101 to report it, as this is a heritage crime and a priority of the East Lothian Partnership Against Rural Crime (ELPARC).”

In 1919, more than 300 pieces of Roman silver were found at Traprain Law. Coins from the hoard dated from the early fifth century AD, the dying days of Roman Britain. It is the largest hoard of its kind known outside the Roman Empire, and is now held by National Museums Scotland.