Police raid pub in 'Holy Grail' relic hunt
Police hunting for a stolen Holy Grail relic raided a village pub but only found an old salad bowl.
A team of 12 officers searched the Crown Inn in the village of Lea, Herefordshire, for the Nanteos Cup, claimed to be the vessel Christ drank from at the Last Supper.
But after an hour the only item they found that resembled the missing artifact was a wooden bowl used to serve salad to customers.
Landlady Di Franklyn said: "I was amazed to see so many police - they said they had been given information that this Holy Grail had been shown off by someone here.
"But if somebody had stolen something as priceless as the Holy Grail I don't think it would be on show in my pub.
"But the police were taking the information very seriously because there were so many of them including a police dog handler."
According to legend, the Nanteos Cup was brought to Britain by Joseph of Arimathea and is said to have divine healing qualities.
Monks apparently took it to Nanteos Mansion in the Welsh county of Ceredigion during the reign of Henry Vlll.
The estate was later owned by the Powell family who housed the cup for centuries.
The relic later left the mansion and was stolen from a house in Weston-under-Penyard, Herefordshire, in July.
It vanished after it was loaned to a seriously ill woman because of its purported recuperative powers.
West Mercia Police said the raid was carried out after they "received intelligence" the cup had been seen in the pub.
A spokeswoman said: "We were told it was still there and so executed a search warrant to try and find it."