Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Moderator's jewellery goes missing at Edinburgh Airport

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Image caption The gold ring has an amethyst stone bearing a burning bush and St Andrews cross

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has lost a bag of unique jewellery, related to the office, at Edinburgh Airport.

Police are appealing for any information connected to a gold ring and a cross pendant in a brown saddle-style bag lost outside the terminal.

It was on a luggage trolley at the pre-booked taxi area at about 08:30 on Friday.

The bag is distinctive with Peruvian-style embroidery.

The gold ring has an amethyst stone bearing a burning bush and St Andrews cross with the motto "Nec Tamen Consumebatur".

The cross pendant is on a silver link neck chain.

Image caption The cross pendant is on a silver link neck chain

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Inquiries are ongoing but we are appealing for anyone who may have any information regarding this to get in touch.

"These items are of great historical significance to the Church of Scotland. Further to that, they're so unique and distinctive we would ask jewellers to stay vigilant should anyone try to sell them on."

A spokesperson from the Church of Scotland said: "We are praying that these articles will be returned in the very near future.

"These items are not the Moderator's own jewellery. They are of significant historical importance and belong to the Church of Scotland.

"We would be grateful for any help the public can give to help trace their whereabouts."

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