Hereford & Worcester

Three men deny dealing Viking artefacts found in Herefordshire

Three men have denied dishonestly dealing in Anglo-Saxon and Viking artefacts.

The treasure, including gold and silver coins, gold bracelet, silver ingots and a crystal sphere, was found by metal detectorists in Herefordshire in 2015.

Not reporting items more than 300 years old to the coroner breaches the Treasure Act.

The men, from East Sussex and south Wales, appeared at Worcester Crown Court and will face trial in September.

George Powell, 37, of Coulson Close, Pill, Newport; Layton Davies, 50, of Cardiff Road, Pontypridd; and Simon Wicks, 56, of Hawks Road, Hailsham, each deny a count of dealing dishonestly in tainted cultural objects.

No plea was entered by a fourth defendant Paul Wells, 59, of Newport Road, Rumney, Cardiff.

West Mercia Police has said its "complex" investigation had involved both local and national archaeological authorities and experts from the British Museum.

The collection was found in a village north of Leominster, the force said.

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