Yesterday the pieces fell into place. The recent Cranes firework find in Bristol area turns out to be all some sick idea of a joke.......... Started on 11th June this year by a phone call from a ' Victor Crane ' supposedly from the Cranes firework family. Call was by mobile phone and number was not blocked. Story was a great aunt had died leaving a house to be cleared, in this house they had found a huge number of full boxes of Cranes fireworks plus other Cranes related material. 'Victor ' was going back to USA where he now lived the very next day and would be back in touch on his return in July. I left several messages on the mobile number answering machine none of which were returned. Then after about 6 weeks ' Victor ' answers my messages, apparently the mobile is one he uses only when in UK , but I am out so he leaves a message on my answering machine saying its Victor back from the States and he had just got my messages and that he would ring me back. When we talk later that day he tells me that everything has been sold to a person known to me and probably a lot of others on this forum. I now know the real identity of 'Victor Crane ' as do several other leading collectors. Few words of advice for someone trying to make hoax calls If you must use your mobile, do remember to block the number before making the call. Having not blocked the call it isn't a good idea to have an answering machine that gives out your name and your wifes name. When using your std landline number to continue the hoax again you must remember to block the number Most important of all........having not blocked your call you really shouldn't leave a message on an answering machine in which you continue to pretend to be ' Victor Crane'. Deniability doesn't really work if you have a distinctive voice............ I never got around to clearing that message so it is available at any time for me to play to any person who might want to hear it. in fact several have heard it and they all come back with the same name for the real 'Victor '. They have also confirmed to me that the 2 numbers I have for ' Victor Crane ' are this persons number and his wife has same name as that on the mobile answering machine.This person is someone I have heard of but never met nor ever talked to before this started . This person is probably known to a lot of the established collectors on here and also has a firework collection. The so called buyer of the non existent hoard turns out to be a good friend of the above, again someone well known to us collectors, he also in answer to some enquiries by others has implicated himself . The thing about lying is knowing when to stop.......... these two still don't understand that..