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Metal detector man told to stop digging

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 20, 2014

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POLICE have caught up with a metal detectorist who was found digging holes in a community football pitch in the search for treasure.

Police chiefs revealed that they have finally spoken to the mystery man after he had continued to head to the football pitch located next to Overseal Village Hall, in Woodville Road, in the search of hitting the jackpot.

He has previously been warned about his actions by parish council chiefs, but now representatives have caught up with the man in question in a bid to put an end to the problem once and for all.

A spokesman for the force said: “This was a matter raised by several residents and at safer neighbourhood meetings.

“The issue has now been dealt with in terms of the person with the metal detector digging up ground at Overseal.”

However, community chiefs are urging people to ‘keep an eye out’ for the man because he has been warned on several occasions about his actions and has then still returned.

John White, clerk to the council, said: “The thing that worries us is that a striker only has to be in on goal and his foot drops down one of the holes – who knows what kind of damage it could do?

“We would urge anyone who is doing this, or who has done it, to not do it on the football pitch.

“It could cause no end of issues and we would urge anyone who spots people metal detecting and digging up the area to get in contact with a member of the parish council.”

Anyone who catches any mystery diggers in the act in Overseal is urged to either call Mr White on 01530 415289 or email clerk@overseal.org

The mysterious man may have been hoping to strike it lucky and find hidden treasures due to the fact South Derbyshire has a long history of prize finds.

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