A metal detectorist from Northamptonshire who was given a suspended prison sentence after he admitted stealing artefacts from a protected site in the county has had an indefinite worldwide ban on him using a metal detector overturned at the Court of Appeal.
Darren West, aged 51, was one of two men prosecuted after English Heritage officers spotted them acting suspiciously at Chester Farm, near Irchester, Northamptonshire, in July last year.
Mr Justice Cranston, sitting with Lord Justice Aikens and Mr Justice Irwin, said West admitted downloading maps and photos relating to the site, and “knew what he was doing” when he went onto the land at Chester Farm.
He said: “He was well-known in the area for having an interest in archaeology. He knew that the site was a protected monument and that he could not enter it with metal detectors”.
This should have remained a lifetime ban. He knew what he was doing and that it was illegal. That’s all anyone need to take into account.