Nobel Peace Prize Stolen In Newcastle Burglary
3 April 2013, 14:36
A rare Nobel Peace Prize is among a number of items stolen from the Lord Mayor's official residence in Newcastle.
The thieves are thought to have broken in through the cellar of the Lord Mayor's Mansion House, in Jesmond, before making off with items worth an estimated £150,000.
This included a gold Nobel Peace Prize awarded in the 1930s to former foreign secretary Arthur Henderson for his work on international disarmament.
A lock of hair from Admiral Lord Collingwood was also taken as well as a large amount of antique silverware.
Police are appealing for information about the incident, which took place overnight between Monday and Tuesday this week.
Newcastle Temporary Superintendent Bruce Storey said:
"Some of the items taken in this burglary are very uncommon and we are asking the public to keep their eyes open for them.
One of the items is a Nobel Peace Prize, dating back to 1934 when it was awarded to Newcastle's Arthur Henderson for his work on international disarmament.
The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded 93 times to 124 Nobel Laureates between 1901 and 2012 and so the stolen item is extremely rare, recognisable and historically important.
Anyone with information about the burglary, or with information about the location of any of the items taken, is asked to contact police.''