For those truly law abiding "metal detectorists" who were at the Twinstead rally and did not take part in the theft of gold coins, the police contact (for reporting those who did) is the Essex Police's heritage crime officer PC Andy Long.
Telephone: 01621 869851
Telephone: 0300 333 4444
PC Long is quoted by the BBC, saying: "All the coins found on the site are protected by the Treasure Act. They are treasure trove and have to be declared to the county coroner. We would urge anyone who has taken any of the coins or knows of their whereabouts to contact us immediately". Go on, shop a law-breaker - these people are the so-called "nighthawks" that the responsible metal detecting fraternity despises and would (they say) like to see locked-up. Do it.
And what about the Castle Hedingham Scout Group whose dubious means of fundraising provided the opportunity for this theft to take place? Will they be accepting the money now the whole affair has been embroiled in national scandal? Since some of it will have been donated by those coin thieves who abused the rally entrance fee to steal from the farmer, accepting it hardly seems in line with the Boy Scouts' dib-dib-dib-dob-dob-dob 'Code of Honour'. But in today's Yobbo-UK, that probably counts for a lot less these days than when I was a lad.
Vignette: Britain's police.