Nick Mead from Northamptonshire collects military vehicles. He buys and sells them on e-Bay. Joe Hewes buys and restores military vehicles. He also buys and sells them on e-Bay.
Hewes saw an advert for a Chinese made copy of the Russian T-54. It had no engine and no tracks but he got it working again and sold it to Mead for £30 000. While Mead and his mechanic, Todd Chamberlain, were stripping the tank they found ammunition hidden in it. He was worried that guns may be hidden in the fuel tank so they filmed the stripping of the fuel tank. This was to cover themselves in case they had to face an enquiry about whatever they found in the fuel tank.
There were no guns but they were surprised to find 5 gold bars. Each bar weighs 5 kgs. It is possible that Iraqi soldiers had looted the gold and had hidden it in the fuel tank during the 1990 invasion of Kuwait. It is estimated that the gold is worth £2 million.
According to Mail On Line Mead contacted the police who have taken the bars into safe keeping while an investigation is in progress. Mead has a receipt for the gold which he is keeping in a safety deposit box in London. He hopes, at the very least, to be granted a “finders” fee.