TREASURE was found in North Northumberland last year, new figures show.

It comes as the number of treasure finds in England and Wales has hit a record high, as more people take up metal detecting.

Annual coroners statistics from the Ministry of Justice show three treasure discoveries were reported in North Northumberland in 2023 – up from two the year before.

Across England and Wales, there were 1,219 reports to coroners of discovered treasure last year, an increase of 12 per cent in 2022 and the highest number on record.

The Ministry of Justice said the number of finds has been steadily increasing since the commencement of the Treasure Act in 1997 when just 54 finds were reported.

They added the number has been more 'volatile' in recent years, with a significant surge in metal detecting activity during and since the pandemic.

Across the North East, 32 finds were recorded last year, an increase from 14 the year before.