14th century "piedfort" leads to prosecution of British woman

The controversy over the prosecution of a Ludlow, England woman who failed to report the discovery of a 14th century piedfort, a ceremonial coin, has led to claims of being "heartless authoritarians" against the officials. (photo)

"Strikes me another case of our police having too much time on their hands chasing soft targets," read one comment to a story in the local newspaper. 23-year-old Kate Harding, who pleaded guilty, was "given a three month conditional discharge and ordered to hand over an artefact almost 700 years old."