On a metal detecting forum near you, in a thread called "gold rush", questions are being asked by responsible law-abiding detectorists about what the subsequent developments were in the Twinstead hoard investigation by the metal-detecting PC. As readers will remember a number of responsibility-challenged and pig-ignorant-about-the-law detectorists made off with a substantial number of gold coins. People who nevertheless handed them in within the 14 days allowed were promised an amnesty, while those who sat tight on their ill-gotten gains (or had already flogged them off) were threatened that they'd be found out and treated as the law dictates. So what were the results of the investigations?
What have British law-enforcement authorities to report to law-abiding detectorists? That they have done their job, and... what? For if the police are not seen to be upholding the letter of the law, what hope is there that treasure hunters will? PC Eagle 1?
30 November 2011 - "Metal Detecting Under the Microscope: Gold Coins at Twinstead",
1st Dec 2011 - "A Lot of Sovereigns on EBay today",
1st Dec 2011- "Twinstead Theft: Message from "Skunky Paul"...",
1st Dec 2011- "Twinstead Theft: Daily Mirror Writes About Gold, Big Papers Waiting for PAS Press Release?",
1st Dec 2011- "BBC on the Twinstead Theft",
1st Dec 2011- "Twinstead Theft: Followup
2nd December 2011 - "Twinstead Theft: Police Appeal to "Law Abiding" Metal Detectorists",
8th December 2011 - "Essex Tekkie "Eagle1"...",
12th December 2011 -"Time is Up for Twinstead Hoard Thieves",
21st December 2011 - "Heritage Action on UK Heritage Crime success stories",
11th January 2012 - "Rewriting History on the Twinstead Hoard Theft: It Never Happened?",