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Nobel Peace Prize stolen

Dated: 03 Apr 2013

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A Nobel Peace Prize is among items stolen in a Newcastle burglary.

Overnight between Monday April 1 and Tuesday April 2 thieves broke into the Newcastle Lord Mayor's Mansion House in Fernwood Road in Jesmond.

Police believe they broke in through the cellar of the property before searching the house.

They stole a number of items thought to be in the value of around £150,000.

Items stolen included a gold Nobel Peace Prize awarded in the 1930s to a Newcastle Nobel Laureate, a lock of hair from Admiral Lord Collingwood, and a large amount of antique silverware.

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 on the 101 non-emergency number, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."

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