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Gold diggers descend on Folkestone beach

A German artist has sparked an extraordinary 'gold rush' on the Kent coast. Hundreds of people with buckets, spades and metal detectors have descended on the beach at Folkestone Harbour to search for buried bullion.

Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer has hidden 30 bars of pure gold under the sand as part of a public art festival. A few fortune-hunters have struck gold. But 20-plus of the ingots are still there for the taking.

David Johns explains, talking to treasure-seekers and the project organiser Claire Doherty.

Burglars target homes for gold jewellery

Police in Camberley are urging householders to step up their home security following a number of burglaries in the Watchetts and St Michaels area of Camberley where gold has been stolen.

I want to make residents aware of these recent burglaries and to urge homeowners to take steps now to improve their home security. Asian jewellery is being targeted for the gold which tends to be of a higher purity and therefore has a higher resale value.

– Detective Constable Richard Pegden

If anyone has any information about these burglaries or saw anything suspicious please call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference 45140011544.


Gold for Berkshire rowers

Team GB rowing member Rob Williams Credit: PA

GB rowers from Berkshire struck gold at the final World Cup in Germany in preparation for London 2012. Maidenhead's 2010 World Champion Rob Williams won his first gold of 2012 in the lightweight men's four.

Maidenhead-based Katherine Grainger, three-times Olympic silver medalist, won her third of the year in the women's double scull with Anna Watkins. Windsor's Adam Freeman-Pask triumphed again in the non Olympic class lightweight men's pair with Paul Mattick.

Jewellery 'gold rush' slows down

A Reading-based pawnbroker has revealed that a high street "gold rush" as households look to raise cash by selling jewellery has slowed sharply.

Albemarle & Bond, which has around 169 stores and 38 gold-buying "pop-up" shops, said it was too early to determine whether the "marked slowdown" in its gold buying operation reflected recent wet weather or was part of a developing trend.

Growth in the value of gold bought by the company has slowed from over 50% in the first half of its financial year to mid single digits in the last eight weeks. With the market price of gold falling, Albemarle said profits for the year will increase at a rate below current market forecasts.