Macleod "relief" as missing Olympic medal is posted anonymously
Friday, 26 October 2012
October 26 - Britain's Olympic hockey player Hannah Macleod spoke today of her "huge relief" at the recovery of her bronze medal which was stolen along with the bronze earned by Olympic rower Alex Partridge from a Mayfair nightclub in the early hours of Wednesday (October 24) morning.
Police reported that Macleod's medal had been posted anonymously to the England Hockey headquarters at Bisham Abbey in Buckinghamshire.
Partridge's medal is still missing, although his Team GB jacket was handed in to police on last night.
Macleod (pictured top) is still missing her jacket.
The thefts happened at the Mahiki nightclub in Mayfair after the Queen hosted an event at Buckingham Palace to celebrate London 2012 athletes.
A 31-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the investigation has been bailed, pending further inquiries.
"I'm extremely pleased to have been reunited with my medal," said Macleod in a statement.
"It's a huge relief.
"I'm enormously grateful to the Metropolitan Police and in particular to DCI James Harman who has kept me informed of their investigation throughout.
"I am indebted to everyone who has Tweeted about it, everyone who has got in touch and who has publicised the situation.
"I can't thank you enough.
"I think all of you played a part in encouraging whoever had my medal to return it.
"Given the huge impact the Olympic Games has had on London and the United Kingdom I always held hope that it would be returned but it's still incredible to know now I have my medal back.
"People understand how much these medals mean to the athletes and those in the communities who have played their part in supporting us.
"I'm conscious that the police investigation is still ongoing and that Alex Partridge's medal is yet to be returned and I urge whoever has it to return it too."
A police statement said: "The medal is being retained by police at this time as part of our inquiries, though we look forward to reuniting Hannah with her medal shortly."
DCI Harman Westminster CID added: "We are still looking to recover the second medal, and we stress that our inquiries remain active.
"Our appeals for information stand and I take this opportunity to reiterate them – if the public can help we ask them to do so.
"Alex's medal has yet to be traced, and he is understandably keen to be reunited with it as soon as possible."
Macleod, who plays for Leicester Ladies, had said in a message on Twitter on Wednesday (October 24) she was "totally devastated".
And she asked for the medal to be returned to one of her sport's governing bodies, Tweeting: "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."
Anyone with information should call Westminster CID on 020 7321 7650; if you wish to remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.