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Hannah Macleod's stolen Olympic bronze medal returned

  • 26 October 2012
  • From the section London
Hannah Macleod with her bronze medal at the London 2012 presentation ceremony
Hannah Macleod appealed on Twitter for the medal to be sent to GB Hockey

One of two Team GB Olympic bronze medals stolen from a London nightclub has been recovered, police have said.

The medals were taken when hockey player Hannah Macleod and rower Alex Partridge left their jackets with the medals unattended early on Wednesday.

Macleod's medal was posted anonymously to the England Hockey head office in Buckinghamshire, police said.

Partridge's jacket was handed in at a north-west London police station on Thursday but not the medal.

A 31-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the investigation has been bailed, pending further inquiries.

'Totally devastated'

Police said Macleod's jacket had not been recovered.

The thefts happened at the Mahiki nightclub in Mayfair after the Queen hosted an event at Buckingham Palace to celebrate London 2012 athletes.

Macleod, who plays for Leicester Ladies, had said in a message on Twitter on Wednesday she was "totally devastated".

And she also asked for the medal to be returned to one of her sport's governing bodies, tweeting: "I'm not after punishment. If you picked up a Bronze Olympic medal that isn't yours please just send anonymously back to GB hockey-Bisham Abbey."

Alex Partridge's jacket was handed in but not the medal

Partridge wrote on Twitter: "The London Met are doing a great job and following up on all our leads, but massive thank you to everyone else for spreading the word."

Police said they were keeping the medal as part of their inquiries, but looked forward to reuniting Macleod with it shortly.

Det Ch Insp 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."

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