Thursday, 19 January 2012

Focus on Metal Detecting: Depth Advantage Detectors Nicked in Bradford


The British police are looking for a gang of thieves who have on their hands 300 stolen Minelab GPX 4500 metal detectors to get rid of. They were somehow stolen from the trailer of a red and white Renault heavy goods vehicle en route from Ireland to Istanbul in Turkey while it was parked overnight in Low Moor, Bradford. Presumably the thieves knew what was in the trailer as whoever took them must have done so using a large vehicle and it is highly likely there will have been more than one person involved. The combined value of the missing machines is said to be £400,000.
The stolen metal detectors are owned by Minelab, of County Cork, and were being transported from Ireland to Turkey by Turkish agents. The HGV had stopped at a Bradford warehouse but had been parked up overnight on the roadside, close to the Guide Post Hotel. It is understood the Turkish driver slept in his cab and discovered the theft the following morning.
Minelab general manager Sheila Kelleher "said that the metal detectors were a very specialist product, used at the higher end of the market to identify gold nuggets". Well, that's not quite true, is it, because Minelab have been busty advertising these machines with their "depth advantage" as relic hunting tools able to get the goodies out from deeper down. Why does Mr Kelleher pretend they are used exclusively for something else? Well, metal detecting on archaeological sites is not exactly legal in Turkey.
Mrs Kelleher said the theft was of tremendous concern.
It certainly is, it means three hundred artefact hunters somewhere will be having the chance to get themselves a site wrecker metal detector at cut price. If you or a metal detectorist near you knows anything about this theft contact the police, on the non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111. Save a site.

Steve Wright, 'Devices used to identify gold nuggets (sic) stolen from truck parked in Common Road, Low Moor', Bradford Telegraph and Argus, Wednesday 18th January 2012

Thread: 'Thieves take £400,000 of Minelabs from a truck', Minelab Owners Forum.

Photo: Apparently the lorry from which they were stolen - parked like that on a busy road? (Telegraph and Argus)


Hidden History said...

Well that it’s Paul, this is my last communication with you, till it’s all over.
I suggest you have a word with Tim Grubb on what’s happening, I’m sure he will fill you in with the details, but he may be busy for a few weeks.

Paul Barford said...

[Despite the screen name which I have asked him not to use: Although he has changed his ISP number in recent weeks, this also demonstrably comes from the computer of Cheltenham-based metal detectorist Steve Taylor].

Steve, if in your vindictive campaign against Gloucestershire archaeologists you wish to falsely accuse one of my colleagues of involvement in this theft, then please do so on your own blog or over on one of the metal detecting forums. This is not the place.

If, on the other hand, you have any real information about this crime and those involved, then please contact the police not me.

Tom said...

Yet more hate mail from the Hatherley thug I see.
Why is Tayler using this particular article? does he feel he has to defend himself? guilty conscience? I heard that Steve's favourite detector brand is Minelab, maybe that's it!
I doubt he would be involved though to be honest, these mouth-peices rarely have it in them do they.

Paul Barford said...

Well, there have been several hate posts a day recently, you can see how he sits on the blog typing in his own name in the search box several times almost every night and every morning and when he finds no mention of himself then sending puerile or threatening comments. Most of which really do not merit publication here. It seems he got really excited though about the French models post. Pathetic really.

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