Olympic medal stolen from a London nightclub is recovered
ONE of two Olympic bronze medals stolen from a London nightclub has been recovered, police said today.
The medals, belonging to hockey player Hannah Macleod and rower Alex Partridge, were taken along with their TeamGB jackets as they partied after a reception hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday to celebrate the achievements of the 2012 athletes.
The Metropolitan Police said they had been alerted today that Macleod's medal had been posted anonymously to the England Hockey head office in Buckinghamshire.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said officers were holding on to the medal while they continue their inquiry but that they would reuniting Hannah with her medal shortly. She was being kept fully informed of developments.
The medals were taken after the pair joined fellow Olympians at the Mahiki nightclub in London's Mayfair.
Mr Partridge's jacket - minus his medal - was handed in to a north-west London police station yesterday.
A 31-year-old man was arrested in connection with the thefts yesterday and bailed until November 23.
Detective Chief Inspector James Harman said: "We are still looking to recover the second medal, and we stress that our inquiries remain active.
"Our appeals for information stand and I take this opportunity to reiterate them - if the public can help we ask them to do so.
"Alex's medal has yet to be traced, and he is understandably keen to be reunited with it as soon as possible."
Macleod, 28, had asked via Twitter for whoever took the medal to post it back to the hockey headquarters at Bisham Abbey in Buckinghamshire.
On Wednesday she tweeted: "I'm not after punishment. If you picked up a Bronze Olympic medal that isn't yours pls just send anonymously back to GB hockey-Bisham Abbey."
She said that she had been scouring eBay to see if it was on the popular auction website.
"I want it back so much. I had a look on eBay in case it ends up there," she told the newspaper.
"I've hardly slept since. I've just been standing by the phone, waiting for news."
The athletes published a photo of a man captured on CCTV who they wished to talk to about the alleged thefts.