An illegal plaque glued to Hadrian's Wall by Australian tourists has left English heritage and the National Trust with a conundrum - as its presence is a criminal offence but removing it could commit another one by damaging the protected stonework.
Those who like to go walking
along the wall are normally able to enjoy it without modern intrusions, but just before Christmas authorities were alerted to the plaque at Steel Rigg with the message: "In memory of Nick White from your Aussie mates Aug 2010," the BBC reports.
Local resident Joan Thirlaway told the broadcaster: "I just couldn't believe someone had done this and no-one had removed it."
It is not the only tribute plaque to cause controversy in recent years, with one being left by Innominate Tarn on Haystacks, the place where fellwalking author Alfred Wainwright's ashes were scattered after his death in 1991.
The plaque read "To the memory of A.W. from J & S, two grateful fell-walkers," which led writer Ann Bowker to suggest in hillwalking fanzine The Angry Corrie that it should be removed, arguing it was designed not to immortalise Wainwright, but the people who put it there.