TWO metal-detecting enthusiasts were caught red-handed plundering an ancient Roman and Iron Age archeological site in Northamptonshire.
Peter Cox, 69, and Darren West, 51, were arrested while in the process of stealing ancient artefacts from Chester Farm, near Irchester.
Northampton Crown Court heard the site contained the remains of an Iron Age settlement, a walled Roman town and its suburbs, ancient fields and parkland, a deserted medieval village and areas of more recent ironstone extraction.
Sad that they do this... and drag archaeology societies and Finds Liason Officers into this.
Shame on them,..... the worst thing is of course summed up in this section
“We will never know the full extent of the damage caused by these criminals, to a site of such cultural importance, which saddens me immensely.”