Divers fined over shipwreck items

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%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%Two divers have been ordered to pay a total of £63,500 in fines and costs for salvaging items on an "industrial scale" from shipwrecks including First World War submarines, according to the Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

David Knight and Edward Huzzey, both from Sandgate, Kent, had previously pleaded guilty to 19 offences between them, contrary to section 236 and section 237 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, in relation to the items taken which were worth more than £250,000. Knight was fined £7,000 and Huzzey £6,500 at Southampton Magistrates' Court and they were each ordered to pay £25,000 in costs in what the MCA is calling a "landmark case".