Almost 100 people reunited with lost jewellery thanks to metal detectorist

Video report by ITV News Meridian's Richard Slee

A metal detectorist from Bournemouth is on an 'emotional' crusade to reunite precious jewellery and items with people who have lost them.

Darren Wiles started metal detecting in 2009 and has since gone on to found a detectorist group with more than 500 members and reunite nearly 100 people with precious items lost on land and sea. 

The group find people's loved items in their spare time and manage to provide the service free of charge whilst working full-time jobs. 

Some of the items found by Darren

Some of the more unusual requests include help finding washing line brackets in long grass and identifying the routes of metal drainage systems before a wedding.

A lot of the requests for finding lost items involve the beach or the sea, so Darren works to the time of the tide and will often go out at 3am to find items. 

Darren often searches for lost items in the sea Credit: Darren Wiles