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£100,000 diamond lost in Birmingham park for 40 years

The diamond was replaced by the council after it went missing Photo: BPM Media

A search is underway after a large £100,000 diamond went missing in Birmingham's Cannon Hill Park in 1974.

The four-carat stone fell from the Lord Mayor's civic chain as he attended a tulip festival in the park and hasn't been seen since.

Current Lord Mayor Mike Leddy Credit: BPM Media

The council has been quietly looking for the gem, which was the first diamond to be cut in Birmingham, ever since.

After nearly 40 years the council hopes that it can still be found with the help of the public. Anyone who finds the gem could be rewarded £20,000.

The diamond went missing in Birmingham's Cannon Hill Park Credit: BPM Media

Current Lord Mayor Mike Leddy continues to hope the historic diamond will be found and has several theories as to what may have happened to the diamond.

It could still be in Cannon Hill Park; a magpie could have picked it up and put it in a bird’s nest somewhere; or a little girl might have found it and thought it was a lovely crystal and put it away in her treasure box.

– Lord Mayor Mike Leddy