Sentence reduced for man convicted in Leicester archaeology case

Raymond Tebble, a man recently convicted of "going equipped for theft" to an archaeological site in southern England, has reported to SCAtoday.net that he is a free man, after winning a court appeal that reduced the penalty to a moderate fine.

SCAtoday.net recently reported on the conviction of Raymond Tebble, but we have now been informed that he appealed the conviction and won the appeal. Mr. Tebble wrote:

On the 16th of December 2004, I appeared at Leicester Crown Court, convicted of [being] equipped for theft because I had with me an item which could be [but was not] used for theft. And consequently, I won my appeal and received a UK£250 fine — a case of the wrong place at the wrong time.

According to published reports, the fine was originally much higher (approximately UK£800 equivalent, due to confiscation of Tebble's metal detector) but was reduced, and the jail sentence lifted, in the appeal hearing.

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Editor's note: This article was originally contributed by user innocent, but has been edited by Justin to add more information. The portion in block quotation was the original contribution, with very slight editing. SCAtoday.net has no way of definitively verifying the identity of the contributor, but we believe that he is who he claims to be.

I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY

I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY I WAS NOT CONVICTED OF LOOTING OR ANY OTHER SUCH LIKE OFFENCE,I WAS CONVICTED OF...GOING EQUIPED FOR THEFT BECAUSE I HAD WITH ME A ITEM WHICH COULD BE (NOT WAS) USED FOR THEFT

Heres one for you.... my fath

Heres one for you.... my father and I decided to take a walk across the fields near to this site to have a look and see why the iron age people chose this area, what sets it apart from other more prominent locations in the area I thought? we were subsequently apprehended by a police dog handler and then formally arrested by a detective constable for going equipped to steal...with what apparatus you ask? not a metal detector or a spade but an A4 print out of an OS map of the area and an aerial photograph downloaded off the internet... we were detained for 12 hours and released on bail. All this on boxing day... you would think the police would have been a bit more lenient. Now... there were 4 other people in the same field as us, it had a public footpath going through the centre of it..and they weren't questioned/stopped/arrested... My father maintains that we walked into something more serious like a police operation or somesuch... on the way home at 1 o'clock in the morning one of the officers told us that we were just in the wrong place at the wrong time... more so, there were 5 police vehicles involved in this operation, quite a valuable use of resources for such a minor thing....I welcome peoples comments on this matter...

What i dont understand

What i dont understand is that if this hoard that was found in hallaton was at the time being kept secret, how could they expect to convict anyone of theft as it had not been made public thus you would expect nobody to know of its location? so anyone could unknowingly walk onto the site!!!

leicestershire police

I wonder how many people HAVE been arrested? now I look back after 13 months, I believe theres more to it. Perhaps the land owner is an MP or something like that... I was seriously considering taking the police to court for wrongful arrest. I mean 12 hours in the slammer on boxing day.

MEANWHILE SOME OLD LADY (GOD

MEANWHILE SOME OLD LADY (GOD BLESS HER ) WAS BEING MUGGED BECAUSE THEY COULD NOT ATTEND