STOLEN treasure worth over £5,500 has been found by a metal detector newbie on the Herefordshire border.

The items included Roman and Viking jewellery, ancient Egyptian relics, medieval and Bronze Age pieces had been taken from a home in Ludlow in March 2017.

They were found recently in a field in Polfields Coppice, Doddenham near Bromyard.


Police state that the treasure had rested there, beneath the earth, for four years, before a man on his inaugural day with his metal detector discovered the exciting find within the dirt and reported it to the landowner and the coroner's office.

Now, after an investigation that determined who the owner is, the items worth in excess of £5,500 have been reunited with their rightful owners.

Amateur metal detectorist, Charles Cartwright, said: “I have so many questions in relation to these items and can't wait to speak to the owner.

"I can't believe this is my first time out with the metal detector to find such an amazing find is just incredible.

“You always hear stories like this, but you never get to be a part of one. So, it is exciting to be part of such a happy conclusion.”

Mr Cartwright recognised some items may be Roman and from the iron- age and notified the coroner.

The treasure has now been reunited with its grateful owner, who said: “I really don’t know what to say.

"I am so pleased to get these items back, we had resided ourselves that we wouldn’t get them back as they had been gone that long, you just don’t even think about them being returned anymore.”

DC Tom Court, of West Mercia Police, added: "The metal detecting community have helped to reunite the rightful owners with the Roman and Viking jewellery and other treasure items.

"We will continue to investigate who took these items and buried them. We are exceptionally pleased to be able to return the items to the rightful owner and once again thank Charles for finding and reporting them promptly."