In 2017 a very prominent detectorist spilled the beans in a way that archaeologists and Parliament don’t accept:

“And then it came on to treasure act reform, the museums are strapped for cash, they are finding it hard to fund the acquisition costs for significant treasure items, so what is the solution? To reduce the amount paid to finders and landowners. Its a total shot in the foot… “They cannot be serious!!!” .. such a policy would probably see the declaration of Treasure items stopping overnight…”

He should know, better than them, and the implications are clear: millions of pounds are being spent on ransom payments and if they are discontinued detectorists will revert to criminality. May we suggest the money is spent on museum subsidies or heating bills for pensioners and treasure reporting is ensured by quadrupling the penalties for non-compliance?