NORTH ESSEX: Historic Coins 'Missing'

A hoard of historic coins found in Essex worth an estimated £70,000 has disappeared from a metal detecting site, police said.

About 200 coins dating back to Victorian and Edwardian times were found during a metal detecting event at a site in Twinstead near Sudbury, Essex, on Sunday.

The coins are valued at about £350 each.

The sovereigns are believed to have lain undiscovered for more than 90 years.

But following a dig on Sunday, only two coins have been handed in.

The whole area is believed to have been cleared of sovereigns.

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 any of the coins or knows of their whereabouts to contact me immediately.''

Update - Saturday 3rd December:

Since the metal detecting activity on Sunday, people from Colchester, Navestock and Brentwood have handed in a number of the sovereigns, but many coins are still missing.

Around 70 of them believed to be being held by one person.

Essex Police has said that nobody can be prosecuted if they hand the coins in within 14 days of finding them.

Local News

Recently Played Tracks

On Radio: Simon Beale

1am - 4am

Email the show

Text 'HEART' to 82122

Simon Beale

Stay tuned...

Watch heart TV

  • Now playing: The best feel good music

Heart VIP


Autumn Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Advertise Advertise in Essex

Get some great ideas on how to advertise your business on radio, online and on mobile.

Follow Heart on Twitter