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Monday, 06 June 2011 (3015610)
Anne's joy as lost keys are found
by Stephanie O'Connor

A PENSIONER has told of her joy after being reunited with her house keys she feared would fall into the hands of burglars.

Anne Vernon dislocated her shoulder and hit her head when she missed the step down from her front door and ‘took a head long dive’ into the hedge.

She managed to pull herself up and stagger to her neighbours home and raise the alarm.

But while Anne was spending two nights in hospital the one thing on her mind was the worry that while she was there someone may find the house keys she dropped when she fell and break into her home.

She said: “I had my keys in my hand when I fell into the thick ivy hedge and I couldn’t find them again. My neighbours were looking to but to no avail.

”I kept telling myself if none of my neighbours can find them then hopefully no one else will be able to.

“I contacted the police who said I would have to change the locks, but I knew they were there somewhere.”

Anne posted an advert on the internet appealing for the help of anyone with a metal detector. The message was picked by the National Council of Metal Detecting and reffered to metal dectectorist Mike Butler from the Northern Searchers Metal Detecting group.

Mike said: “The secretary of the NCMD got in touch with me and put me in contact with Anne.

”She was very worried about her keys, which had her car key on as well as her house keys. It took the machine about 20 minutes to locate them as they were about a foot deep in the bushes and Anne was cock-a-hoop when I pulled them out.“

Anne added: ”It was such a relief when he found them I offered to pay him for his time but he wouldn't take a penny - not even petrol money!“

Mike said: ”A lot of people have the worng idea about metal detectorists. Guys like us tend to get painted as treasure hunters, but we are infact history finders. Everything we do is by the book and legal, we arrange with farmers to use the detectors on their land and record everything we find to archaelogists and whatever we find we split 50/50 with the farmer.

“I didn't do this for the money, the reward is in the finding and if you can help someone along the way then that is just great.”


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