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Meet the finder of the lost wedding rings

PUBLISHED: 09:14 03 September 2019 | UPDATED: 15:20 04 September 2019

Toby Smith has used his metal detecting hobby to find people's lost wedding rings. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

Toby Smith has used his metal detecting hobby to find people's lost wedding rings. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

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Meet the man who will probably find your lost wedding ring.

Toby Smith has used his metal detecting hobby to find people's lost wedding rings. Picture: Ella WilkinsonToby Smith has used his metal detecting hobby to find people's lost wedding rings. Picture: Ella Wilkinson

Metal detectorist Toby Smith has found four wedding rings and a silver cross in the last five years.

He's so well-known that he gets referrals on social media when someone needs his help.

He started metal detecting 
when his mother gave him his father's cheap model to use, 
before he bought a more 
expensive piece of equipment.

The 32-year-old, from 
Stalham, said: "I took up 
detecting because I really like history and Norfolk is the 
capital of ancient history finds 
in the country."

Toby Smith has found five lost wedding rings/ silver crosses. With the silver cross and its owner. Pictures: Supplied by Toby SmithToby Smith has found five lost wedding rings/ silver crosses. With the silver cross and its owner. Pictures: Supplied by Toby Smith

His latest find on Thursday, August 29 was on Cart Gap 
beach, near Happisburgh.

The self-employed roofer and father-of-three added: "When someone loses their wedding 
ring on the beach, I get called 
out. I've been detecting for so 
long, and word spreads like wildfire round here.

"It normally only takes me about an hour to find the rings, but I don't have any secret.

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"The hobby's so rewarding - 
five call-outs and five rings/crosses returned to date."

He said the first ring he found was in Sea Palling.

He added: "I was looking for coins with my metal detector on the beach. A woman had just dropped her ring, and I found it.

"The second was at Eccles-on-Sea. An elderly couple lost a wedding ring, when the man's fingers shrunk in the water and it fell off.

Toby Smith has found five lost wedding rings/ silver crosses. With the WW2 mortar. Pictures: Supplied by Toby SmithToby Smith has found five lost wedding rings/ silver crosses. With the WW2 mortar. Pictures: Supplied by Toby Smith

"The third was when a lady in Sea Palling lost her silver ring which had sentimental value.

"And then, I saw a post on Facebook that a lady had lost a silver ring, near Sloley. I got 
hold of her daughter. The lady 
had lost it at a horse paddock 
as she had been thrown from a horse.

"The latest one, I got tagged in 
a Facebook post, so I went to Cart Gap beach."

Mr Smith said that, while the hobby was very rewarding, it could also be dangerous. He added: "I found a Second World War mortar bomb, which was safely disposed of by a bomb disposal team."

He has not made any money from his discoveries, which have also included medieval hammered silver crosses, and Roman and Saxon artefacts.

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