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HMS Hermes warship 'thefts': Two men charged

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Image caption HMS Hermes was sunk by a German submarine in the Dover Strait in 1914

Two men have been charged with removing historical artefacts from a sunken World War One Royal Navy warship in the English Channel.

HMS Hermes was sunk by a German submarine in the Dover Strait in 1914.

Kent Police started investigating in 2015 with several other bodies in England and France after a number of items were reported missing from the wreck.

Both men have been bailed to appear before Margate magistrates on 2 March.

John Blight, 57, of Winchelsea, in East Sussex, has now been charged with three counts of dishonestly failing to disclose items of wreck to the Receiver of Wreck with intent to make a gain.

Nigel Ingram, 56, of, Teynham, in Kent, has been charged with the same three counts in addition to being in possession of £16,000 worth of criminal property.

The investigation was carried out in partnership with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the Marine Management Organisation, the Receiver of Wreck, Sussex Police, Historic England and the French authorities.

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