Man Arrested After Olympic Medals Stolen
Hannah Macleod says she is devastated by the loss
A 29-year-old man has been arrested by police investigating the theft of two Olympic bronze medals.
They were stolen from rower Alex Partridge and Ealing sponsored hockey player Hannah Macleod in the early hours of Wednesday, in London.
The thefts happened after the Queen hosted an event at Buckingham Palace to celebrate London 2012 athletes.
Police said their jackets, with the medals, had been left at the Mahiki nightclub in Mayfair and during the night, the sportspeople realised their jackets and the medals were gone.
Ealing's Olympic sponsored TeamGB Hockey player Hannah Macleod
The 28 year old from West Ealing made the announcement on the social network site twitter (Wednesday 24th October).
Hannah 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.
A jacket belonging to Mr Partridge was handed in at a north-west London police station on Thursday morning, but not the medal.
Det Ch Insp James Harman appealed for anyone who was in the nightclub at the time and saw anything suspicious to contact the force.He said: "My team have spoken to both Olympians who are understandably desperate to be reunited with the medals they have dedicated their careers to win.
"If you know who is responsible or where the medals are, please call us."
Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said, "Devastated to hear of Hannah's medal being stolen. She was only a week ago proudly showing it to me at the Civic reception and must be really so cut up by this. The Olympics showed human nature at its best this shows it at its worst. Let's hope there is a happy ending."
25th October 2012