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Friday, 7 September 2012

Baylham: ‘Nighthawkers’ admit theft of Roman artefacts


TWO metal detector users have admitted stealing coins and other artefacts from a protected Roman site in Baylham, near Needham Market.

Scott Mitchell and Allan Oakley have had their equipment confiscated following the theft of several items belonging to the English Heritage site.

They were arrested in March, a month after three other men were detained following an alleged assault with a metal pole on another man at the site at Baylham Rare Breeds Farm. There is no suggestion Oakley and Mitchell were involved in the earlier alleged incident, which also involved metal detector users.

Oakley, 48, of Halton Road, Grays, and Mitchell, 44, of Phoenix Place, Dartford, admitted theft and using a metal detector in a protected place without consent, when they appeared before Bury St Edmunds magistrates.

The pair were at Baylham between 1.30am and 2.20am on March 29.

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