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'Admirable' if gold haul remained

Gold Anglo-Saxon artefact found in Staffordshire
The hoard was found by a man with a metal detector

It would be "admirable" if the haul of Anglo-Saxon gold, recently unearthed in Staffordshire, could remain in the West Midlands, the government has said.

Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw told the Houses of Parliament he was working with the regional development agency and others to make sure that happened.

He was responding to a question from West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson.

The 1,500 pieces found in a field in July are being looked at by British Museum experts in London.

The collection of gold and silver pieces was found on a farm by a man using a metal detector and is thought to be the most important Anglo-Saxon find in the UK to date.

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