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UK 'treasure' divers admit theft

Three British divers have admitted stealing treasure from a shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean in 2002 at a court in Spain.

Peter Devlin, Steve Russ and Malcolm Cubin - all from Cornwall - admitted illegally removing artefacts from the wreck and planning to damage Spain's cultural heritage.

They each received a suspended jail sentence and were fined £900.

Prosecutors had initially sought a six-year jail term for the men.

The team were recovering tin ingots from the wreck of a Dutch vessel, but were accused of straying onto another wreck.

Mr Devlin, from Falmouth, Mr Cubin, from Truro, and Mr Russ, from Helston, had gone to Spain to work on the wreck of the Friesland, a Dutch vessel which sank in the Atlantic in the late 19th Century.

They have said they were working on a salvage contract awarded by the Spanish government.

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