Lost and found: the metal detectorists
If you're always losing important things but can't find them, don't despair. There's a team of specialist detectives just a phone call away.
Man with a metal detector
Alun Jenkins and Ray Coburn might not look like your normal detectives but they're part of a UK network called the Federation of Independent Detectorists which offers a free service to track down your lost treasure. Items they are called to find include car keys, farm machinery and personal jewellery.
The hub of the detective network is in Swansea in the front room of Secretary Colin Hanson's house.
For the last 25 years, Colin has been coordinating the free scheme and he's now got over 5,000 metal detectorists across the UK to call on when he gets a report of a lost item. The success rate at finding lost items is about 98%!
The detectorists are also out to find real treasure and once in a while they do strike gold. Last year, Terry Herbert discovered the biggest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found in a Staffordshire field - worth £3 million pounds. And in Wales, in the last five months metal detectors have unearthed 2,500 objects of archaeological interest.
Find out more about the Federation of Independent Detectorists, including how to contact them if you lose something, via their website.