Wednesday 28 September 2016

Signed Princess Di picture stolen from Met Police

Published 09/03/2016 | 17:16

Dozens of items have gone missing from the Met Police
Dozens of items have gone missing from the Met Police

A signed picture of the late Princess Diana was among more than 800 items stolen from the Metropolitan Police during the last three years.

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Bicycles and their accessories accounted for almost one-in-four thefts (199 items), while uniform (95) was the second most common.

Some 91 items listed as "property - other" were also taken from Met premises and vehicles between January 2013 and February 2016, including handcuffs, CS spray, and a Met police vest.

The details were disclosed using the Freedom of Information Act.

The Met recovered 252 of the 828 items during this period.

But this did not include a "signed print of a picture of Princess Diana", nor a bottle of Australian red wine which was reported missing from police premises.

A police vehicle windscreen wiper, a life-size static police officer, and three Met Police teddy bears remain unaccounted for, according to the FOI disclosure log.

However, the Met was able to recover several missing items, including a pair of socks, an 8m by 1m strip of copper sheeting stolen from a roof, and a bunch of flowers - all taken from police premises.

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