A metal detectorist wrote to a forum recently worried by some shooting in fields adjacent to those for which he had permission to search for collectables. He is targeting known sites: ('steeped in history with a roman monument 40 yards from one of my fields to the left and a known roman villa on another field close to the right') but is worried about safety. He is told to wear a high-visibility vest and not to worry, Essex member "Allectus" assuring him (Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:25 pm)
Alf, don't worry too much about the shotguns mate. Although they might sound intimidating, they could'nt knock a black man off your daughter past 25-30 yards.These are the people PC Andy Long assures his readers on Twitter are 'respectable'. Respectable folk on a respectable forum where that kind of talk would be condemned immediately? Look how many comments were posted after, including one approving the sentiment. "Alloverover" (Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:58 pm) adds:
Bloody could Tony, I could chuck one that far if faced with those circumstances mateThis kind of racist hate talk is absolutely disgusting and the fact that not a single forum member has objected tells you a lot about the sort of people that go metal detecting in the UK. It is a shame PC Long does not pay attention to the actual content of some of these forums, we'd not have him coming out with glib head-patting claptrap then.
Vignette: The Face of Britain today?
UPDATE 10th August 2014
Ooo look, metal detectorists have a social conscience after all. Those two posts and any referring to them "seem" to have disappeared. So is that because for the last three days metal detectorists were flooding the thread with comments opposing the use of the forum for spreading racist hate-talk, or is it because the group moderators keep an eye on this blog and react when they see that something is pointed out which really does not reflect too well on the community (or was it my message to the UK police that did it)? I'd say what does not reflect at all well is that it was clearly not the first mechanism that operated here. Those two posts should have come down as soon after they were posted as is humanly possible.