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Olympic Medals Stolen: Pair Plead For Return
Two of Team GB's Olympic heroes have had their medals stolen just hours after attending a Buckingham Palace celebration of their success.
Rower Alex Partridge and hockey team member Hannah Macleod took to social networking site Twitter to appeal for information in an attempt to find their Olympic bronze medals.
Partridge won bronze as part of the men's eight rowing team. He tweeted that his Olympic blazer had also been stolen from a club in Mayfair, central London.
Macleod wrote on the site: "My medal was also stolen at the same time. Totally devastated."
Both athletes later published a photograph of a man captured on CCTV who they wished to talk to about the alleged thefts.
Partridge said: "To the chap who took my @London2012 Olympic Blazer & Medal last night The police have u on CCTV Please return it."
Macleod said she was not looking for punishment, she just wanted the medal back.
"If you picked up a Bronze Olympic medal that isn't yours pls just send anonymously back to GB hockey-Bisham Abbey," she tweeted.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed it was investigating reports of a stolen Olympic medal and blazer, but said it had not yet been contacted about a second stolen medal.
A spokesman said: "An Olympic medal and blazer were reported stolen from a venue in Mayfair in central London.
"It was believed the items were taken between midnight and 5am on Wednesday, October 24."
A host of Olympic and Paralympic stars had earlier been invited to the palace to mark their achievements along with the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Duchess of Cambridge, Prime Minister David Cameron and London 2012 chief Lord Coe.