Twinstead coins spark police hunt

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MISSING antique coins worth around £70,000 have prompted a police investigation.

More than 200 coins, which date from Victorian and Edwardian times and are valued at about £350 each, were discovered in Twinstead during a metal detecting rally to raise funds for Castle Hedingham Scout group.

Although 141 coins were recovered last week, police believe up to 100 may still be outstanding. The whole area is now believed to have been cleared of the sovereigns.

Police have been called in to investigate as the coins should have been declared to Her Majesty’s Coroner.

Pc Andy Long, Essex Police’s heritage crime officer, said: “All the coins found on the site are protected by the Treasure Act. They are treasure trove and have to be declared to the county coroner.

“We would urge anyone who has taken the coins or knows of their whereabouts to contact me immediately.”

The sovereigns are believed to have lain undiscovered for more than 90 years before the hoard was found and dug up.

Pc Long can be contacted on 0300 333 4444, extension 406103. Emails can be sent to andrew.long@essex.pnn.police.