Alex Partridge and Hannah Macleod: Olympic medals taken

  • 25 October 2012
Team GB rower Alex Partridge Image copyright PA
Image caption Alex Partridge had his bronze medal stolen.

A 29-year-old man has been arrested by police investigating the theft of two Olympic medals.

Two GB Olympians had their bronze medals stolen, hours after a Buckingham Palace reception with the Queen.

Rower Alex Partridge and hockey player Hannah Macleod were out celebrating in London when their medals went missing in the early hours of Wednesday.

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Image caption Hockey player Hannah MacLeod

The oarsman told BBC Sport he's devastated: "It's very, very upsetting. It would mean everything to me to get them back."

The pair had both tweeted appeals for the London 2012 medals to be returned.

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Image caption The medals were stolen hours after a royal reception for Olympic and Paralympic stars

Macleod wrote: "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."

Partridge's medal had been inside his blazer when it was taken.

He said: "While we were out and dancing away, I noticed I'd misplaced my blazer. In the morning I thought one of the other Olympians must have picked it up by accident, but no one had it."