Friday, 27 December 2013

Focus on UK Metal Detecting: Landowner Criticises Jobless Detectorist


As Britain steel itself for the arrival of new benefit-seekers from eastern Europe, the Birmingham Mail revives the question of Treasure hunting on benefits: 
Farmer Fred Johnson, who owns the farm where the Staffordshire Hoard was uncovered [...] admitted he wished someone else had found it. He confirmed he had banned jobless Mr Herbert from his farm [...]  Mr Johnson, 69, said: “I wish it had been someone working who found it, I’ve got to be honest about that.

Birmingham Mail, 'Gold could be buried under M6 Toll says owner of land where Staffordshire Hoard found', 26th Dec 2013

3 comments:

kyri said...

wouldnt it be nice to know how many of these metal-detectorists are on the dole or even worse on disability benefits and claiming they are unfit for work yet get up at the crack of dawn to walk for miles and miles over rough terrain,wouldnt it be nice.
kyri.

Andy Baines said...

Well im a metal detectorist and have just got back from a couple of hours detecting. I would also like to point out that I have worked since I was 16 and still have a full time job.

Paul Barford said...

But then Mr Baines, we are not talking about one or two individuals who are working, but the number who are not. When I see somebody posting in the middle of the week a whole table-load of "yesterday's finds" I do wonder what the background is.

 
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