A recently unearthed hoard of prehistoric flint arrow heads and axes had been secretly stored by a criminal gang of youths in anticipation of further rioting in the nation’s capital, Sky News correspondent Tom Parmenter has claimed.
Parmenter, who on Monday exclusively revealed that a stash of vintage flintlock pistols, discovered by police following an anonymous tip-off to the reporter, was also for use in future disturbances, made this further claim following finds at an archaeological dig near a London playing field. ‘I have information that proves categorically that these crude stone weapons had been buried by rioting gang members,’ he wrote, ‘ready for further disorder after the unrest in England last month.’
The location of the stash was revealed in a text sent to Sky on September 4th, it read: ‘Acheulean Biface hand axes in grnd at st peters court wickham road brockley london se4, past the swings and roundabout, you will find in hole the flint arrow heads.’ Within moments of the text message arriving, Sky got in touch with Met Police detectives, who had a team of officers on standby to conduct a search of the excavation site.
Detective Chief Inspector Theresa Breen confirmed that an ongoing investigation into the finds was underway. ‘A member of the community has felt confident enough to use Sky News to come to us with information that there were weapons somewhere within this area. Anyone who had any doubts about our robust response to these criminal gangs should by now be under no illusions that they are just a bunch of Neanderthals.’
Writing for the Sky News website today, Parmenter praised the actions of the police: ‘this is yet another prime example of the close, not-at-all-forced and most importantly, legal and above-board co-operation between the employees of News Corps and the Metropolitan Police which, regardless of any alleged trumped-up sensationalism, must be applauded.’