Father and son 'Indiana Jones Team' cleared of illegal treasure hunting in Essex (England)

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A father and son team of treasure hunters, branded as the Essex 'Indiana Jones team' who were accused of illegally removing 3000 year old artefacts from an Uttlesford estate while acting as metal detecting "nighthawks", were today cleared.

They were found not guilty in a Crown Court test case prosecution which has been closely watched by treasure hunters throughout the country.

Today's verdict has implications for all who head out to the countryside with metal detectors in search of treasure.

Bronze Age axe heads, spearheads and a chisel were found when the two men caught while operating at about 5am in the "dark and rain," on land belonging to Lord Braybrooke without permission, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

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