A metal detector was arrested after discovering an explosive in Stonehenge.
Thirty-year-old Nicky Newbie unearthed World War II relics at historic sites, including live mortar ammunition.
He then posted a snapshot of what he found on his way home — online, boasting. F ***, it’s in my search box. “
After the tip-off, police arrested him for damaging the officially protected 5,000-year-old stone circle.
He was also detained for illegally using a metal detector at the Wiltshire Monument on the Salisbury Plains. It has long been used in military training. He removed archaeologically or historically interesting relics and possessed explosives without permission.
Newbie’s home in Bradford was also attacked after being arrested earlier this month. Since then, he has been released during the investigation.
PC Emily Thomas said Stonehenge “occasionally attracts the wrong kind of visitors for personal gain and ignores the law.”
Charlotte Russell of Historic England added: “This kind of metal detector can get rid of rare evidence of dates and professions in these places.
But Newbie claimed he was innocent yesterday and told the sun:
“They make me sound like Stonehenge Bulldoze. I wasn’t near there.”
Metal detectors arrested after discovering explosives and World War II relics in Stonehenge
SourceMetal detectors arrested after discovering explosives and World War II relics in Stonehenge