Landmark Shropshire coin case is discontinued

A landmark case against a Shropshire woman who was set to face prosecutors for a second time after failing to report finding treasure - an ancient silver coin she had owned since childhood - has been discontinued.

A landmark case against a Shropshire woman who was set to face prosecutors for a second time after failing to report finding treasure - an ancient silver coin she had owned since childhood - has been discontinued.

Senior crown prosecutors from West Mercia have taken the decision not to prosecute Ludlow woman Kate Harding for a second time for an offence of failing to notify a coroner treasure had been found.

Comments for: "Landmark Shropshire coin case is discontinued"

Matt

This case should never have been brought. Heads should roll over this incident.

Rob, Telford

What the hell were the prosecution thinking of in the first place - and just how much public money has been wasted on this case?

Can I suggest that if some scum-sucking lowlife had broken into Ms Harding's home and stolen the coin to fund their drug habit they would have been treated more leniently?

spencer

I once had a comment pulled for writing Scum-sucking..

Barford

On the strength of their interest in the legal status of all historical metallic objects, I would like to see the PAS Heritage police write to all Museums in England (only 2,500 of them) to enquire that all objects in their collections have a written provenance which satisfies their obviously high standard of remit. That means to make sure all potential treasure items, how ever acquired (purchased or donated) have their individual Treasure Case number. Especially items pre 1996, just to make sure their "legal status is certain".

We wouldn't want everyone to think PAS quangos were trying to make an example out of some unfortunate young girl, before looking closer to home where there must be many thousands of items sitting ILLEGALLY in Museum collections throughout the country.

But of course I am being silly, they would have done that already, wouldnt they..?