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Four men to appear in Crown Court later this year for trial of dealing in tainted cultural artefacts

Four men have today (31 October) appeared at Hereford Magistrates Court, having been summonsed for dealing in tainted cultural objects.

The matter has been referred to the Crown Court.

The four men are:

George Powell aged 37 of Coulson Close, Pill, Newport.

Layton Davies aged 50 of Cardiff Road, Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan.

Paul Wells aged 59 of Newport Road, Rummney, Cardiff.

Simon Wicks aged 56 of Hawks Road, Hailsham, East Sussex.

A collection of Anglo-Saxon and Viking crown treasure artefacts were found in a village north of Leominster, in Herefordshire.

The artefacts, found in 2015, included both gold and silver coins, a gold ring, a gold arm bracelet and a crystal sphere, together with silver ingots, which were discovered by metal detectorists.

It is the legal responsibility of the finder of any precious metal objects that are over 300 years old to report them to the local coroner as possible treasure under the terms of the Treasure Act (1996).  

This complex investigation has been conducted with the assistance of multiple agencies including both local and national archaeological authorities and experts from the British Museum.

Issued: Wednesday 31 October, 2pm, MC, Corporate Communications

Published 31/10/18