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The North of the Tyne Detecting Club re-assures landowners: “We work closely alongside the portable antiquities scheme and urge all members to be aware of the rules regarding reporting treasure & artefacts. Please familiarise yourselves with the Official Code”. But is it true? Well …

1.) We work closely alongside PAS. Why not “we report all recordable finds to“?

2.) We urge all members. Why not “insist“?

3.) To be aware of the rules. Why not just “keep to“?

4,)  Familiarise yourselves with the Official Code”. Again, why not just comply with?

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Four such “accidents” are clearly no accident, but if you’re still in doubt keep in mind almost every other club uses almost identical tricky words and also promotes a substitute Code to farmers rather than the official one. We’ve dubbed it The Dishonesty Code as it establishes 5.) “we don’t have to report all recordable finds to PAS” and 6.) “we don’t have to show you anything unless we judge it to be unusual”

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