Abstract: An apparatus to detect anomalies in a member, such as a conveyor belt, having reinforcing cables therein made of a magnetically permeable material. There is coil means arranged to create a magnetic field as two longitudinally spaced first and second field components at longitudinally spaced locations. There are Hall effect sensors arranged to respond to modifications in each of the first and second field components. In a first embodiment, there is one set of sensors positioned between the first and second field components. In a second embodiment, there are two sets of sensors spaced at said first and second field components.