A metal detecting enthusiast has dug up the find of a lifetime by unearthing a 13th century gold ring worth thousands of pounds.
John Cooper, formerly of Sleaford but now living in Cheshire, has been following his hobby of metal detecting in the Sleaford area for the last 30 years, in the past finding such things as Roman coins and brooches.
He and his wife were about to pack up for the day when he got a reading. He said: “It wasn’t buried very deeply. At first it looked cheap like it was from the fair, all bent and soil compacted round it, so I stuck it in my pocket, but when I got it home for a closer look it was like an electric shock.”