Man charged over theft of £50,000 Carlisle mayoral badge

Mayoress of Carlisle ceremonial broach Image copyright Cumbria Police
Image caption The badge was taken from a strong room at Carlisle Civic Centre

A man has been charged with stealing a £50,000 ceremonial badge of office used by the mayoress of Carlisle.

The badge, which had been part of the mayoral regalia since the late 1940s, was taken from a strong room at the city's civic centre on 15 January.

Gavin Fletcher, 35, of Roman Road, Penrith, who is not a Carlisle City Council employee, is due to appear in court on 8 February.

Police said the badge had been broken up and only a few segments recovered.

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