1069. Interfering with sites of historic shipwrecks.

A person1 commits an offence2 if, in a restricted area3, he does any of the following things otherwise than under the authority of a licence granted by the Secretary of State or, in relation to Wales, the Welsh Ministers4:

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    (1)     he tampers with, damages or removes any part of a vessel lying wrecked on or in the sea bed5, or any object formerly contained in such a vessel6; or

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    (2)     he carries out diving or salvage operations directed to the exploration of any wreck or to removing objects from it or from the sea bed, or uses equipment constructed