Moroccan Police Arrest 6 People Trafficking Historical Objects

Rabat- On a joint mission on Monday, the National Brigade of Judicial Police (BNPJ) and Oujda’s Prefectural Police Department arrested six individuals in connection with crimes of jewelry trafficking, including a mining company practising illegal mining and “trafficking historical objects.”The police seized 128 ancient silver coins, 17 plastic bags filled with lead and copper, equipments used for excavating and melting objects, and a sum of MAD 359,700 that the suspects were in possession of, reported the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN).The suspects are currently undergoing police investigation. According to law 22.80 on the protection and preservation of Morocco’s cultural heritage, including historical buildings, antiques, and inscriptions, researchers who wish to explore must request authorization at least six months in advance.As for the excavation of archeological sites, Morocco’s Ministry of Culture and Communication stressed in September that researchers must request government permission before excavating archeological sites.Read Also: Sound Energy Fails to Find Producible Gas at Tendrara TE-9 Well in MoroccoSome individuals illegally excavated private property or state property in search of treasure or other materials of significant value, and they even vandalized historical sites.In 2017, groups of “treasure hunters” vandalized Gantrat El Fellous and Dar Oum Sultan, two historical sites in the rural commune of Ait Sibern that lies between Rabat and Fez, according to national heritage management officials.Gantrat El Fellous is a historic bridge and an architectural monument built by the Almohad Dynasty in the 12th century. read more

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Police launch murder inquiry after three people found dead in Lincolnshire house

Police have launched a murder investigation after a house was burnt to the ground leaving three people dead, including the suspected arsonist.Detectives believe the person who started the blaze was one of the three killed when the fire swept through a suburban home in Lincolnshire during the early hours of New Year’s Day.Firefighters recovered the bodies of a 27-year-old woman, a 24-year-old man and a 32-year-old man from the severely damaged house on Pear Tree Road,  in the village of Kirton.Lincolnshire Police have confirmed that two other people who were taken to hospital following the fire have been discharged. Officers say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the fire. Despite emergency services responding to the 999 call within 10 minutes, emergency workers were forced to watch alongside horrified residents as the property was engulfed in flames.Flowers have since been laid outside the large red brick detached property by mourners.Eyewitnesses have spoken of the intensity of the blaze, which completely gutted the first floor and roof of the detached house. Officers have said it may take “a number of days” to establish the exact cause.David Danby, chairman of Kirton Parish Council, who lives nearby and witnessed the fire, said:  “What was amazing was the ferocity. The speed at which the flames went from one side of the building to the other on the top floor was amazing. By quarter to four the top half had gone completely. Scene after house fire in Peartree Road, Kirton, near Boston, in LincolnshireCredit:Joe Giddens/PA Wire Eyewitnesses have spoken of the intensity of the blaze, which completely gutted the first floor and roof of the detached houseCredit:BPM Media Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. East Midlands Specialist Operations Unit are appealing for witnesses to come forward who may have dashcam footage of the street before the fire was reported.Superintendent Di Coulson said: “This is a tragic crime and our thoughts are with the family and friends of those involved.“We are in contact with the families and will ensure that this is a thorough investigation as we try and understand what happened.” Scene after house fire in Peartree Road, Kirton, near Boston, in Lincolnshire “I was speaking to one of the investigators. He said that the police were there first and the fire tender got there within seven minutes of the 999 call and by the time they got there, there was very little they could do. I think they were surprised at how quickly it moved across the house. The house is completely gutted.” Eyewitnesses have spoken of the intensity of the blaze, which completely gutted the first floor and roof of the detached house read more

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