Thieves with metal detectors

This is the big one a Hoard of Viking coins seized during police raid opens up a can of worms for detectorists.
Police seized the hoard of coins and a solid silver bar from a house during an investigation, it turns out that the person in question was a well known, well respected member of the metal detecting community.
During the raid a phone was seized and everyone in the address book is being contacted by Durham police for a statement.
Have YOU been contacted regarding illegal metal detecting

Stephen Auker AKA the man with the hat was one of them, we must point out Stephen is in no way involved with these criminal acts.
Here is his story

Some of the media:
The Independent: http://bit.ly/2Oh54m4
Daily Mail: https://dailym.ai/2OdBTQD
Ancient Origins: http://bit.ly/2OipUBm
Archaeology World: http://bit.ly/2OipUBm
The BBC: https://bbc.in/2LFUinn

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