Diver Jailed for Southend Shipwreck Cannon Fraud

A commercial diver has been jailed for two years after removing three cannons from a 17th Century shipwreck and fraudulently selling them for £46,000. Vincent Woolsgrove, 48, from Ramsgate in Kent, admitted fraud in July after originally claiming the weapons were found in international waters. He later admitted he had recovered them from the wreck of the London, which sank off Southend in Essex in 1665. He has also been ordered to pay £35,000 costs at Southampton Crown Court. In 2007, Woolsgrove found five cannons at the wreck site but claimed only two had come from there, which as they were in UK waters were the property of the Crown.


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