Off-duty policeman decided to wash his car. When he arrived at the car wash, he noticed a man there cleaning a weapon-like object. It turned out to be a barrel – with breech elements – of a German WWII machine gun. The 43-year-old had dug it up earlier with a metal detector.
An unusual event took place on Saturday in a car wash at Wiślana Street in Kwidzyn (Pomeranian Voivodeship). A 43-year-old man, who was noticed by a policeman, was cleaning a dug barrel with elements of the breech of a German machine gun from World War II.
As the young asp. Anna Filar, press officer of the District Headquarters in Kwidzyn, the 43-year-old did not have a permit to possess a firearm, therefore he was questioned as a witness.
He found the barrel of the rifle with a metal detector
The man is a member of an association that has permission to explore the area with a metal detector. – The proceedings are being conducted in the case and so far no one has heard the charges. An expert will have to comment on the excavated weapon. The prosecutor will decide on further steps in the proceedings – added Filar. There are up to eight years in prison for illegal possession of weapons.
How to obtain a permit to search for monuments?
Officers remind you that a metal detector or other similar search device does not require a permit. However, we must obtain official permission when we want to use the detector to search for antique items. – Practically speaking, whether a given item is a monument within the meaning of the Act will depend on the opinion of specialists working in voivodeship offices for the protection of monuments – explains the Pillar.
The amendment to the act on the protection and care of monuments entered into force on January 1, 2018. According to it, searching for hidden or abandoned monuments without the required permit or contrary to its conditions, including the use of all kinds of electronic and technical devices and diving equipment, is subject to a fine, restriction of liberty or imprisonment for up to two years. If there is a suspicion of destroying an archaeological site, the perpetrator may face up to eight years in prison.
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