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Four Norfolk men charged with metal detecting over ancient Mid Suffolk monument





Four Norfolk men have been charged after they were found at an ancient Suffolk monument with metal detecting equipment.

Bradley Ling, 24 of Pond Lane in Surlingham; Kyle Mickleburgh, 25 of Donchurch Close in Norwich; Michael Travell, 37 of Beverley Road in Norwich; and Aaron Williams, 25, of Fleeters Hill in Hingham, have all been charged with the use of a metal detector in a protected place without the written consent of the Commission, as well as being charged with going equipped for theft.

Aaron Williams has also been charged with removing without written consent an object of archaeological/historical interest found using a metal detector in a protected place.

Four Norfolk men have been charged after they were found at an ancient monument with metal detecting equipment
Four Norfolk men have been charged after they were found at an ancient monument with metal detecting equipment

The men were arrested at a site in Mid Suffolk which is protected, and where metal detecting is illegal without permission from the secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

They were spotted at 10.15pm on Wednesday October 12 and were found to be in possession of items suspected to have been from the site.

The men were taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning, before being released under investigation.

All four men are due to appear at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on 26 May.