Olympic medal returned

Two of the region's Olympic heroes have reportedly had their medals stolen, only hours after the Queen hosted a glittering Buckingham Palace event to celebrate London 2012 athletes.

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New plea over stolen Olympic medal

Men's Eight rower Alex Partridge had his medal stolen just hours after meeting the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Henley-based Olympic rower Alex Partridge has issued a new plea for the return of his stolen medal after TeamGB hockey player Hannah Macleod got hers back.

Both Olympians lost their medals when their TeamGB jackets were stolen as they partied at a London nightclub on Wednesday.

But Miss Macleod, 28, got her bronze medal back after it was posted anonymously to the England Hockey head office at Bisham Abbey in Buckinghamshire yesterday.

Mr Partridge, 31, got his jacket back - minus his bronze medal - when it was handed in at a London police station on Thursday.

A 31-year-old man was arrested in connection with the thefts and bailed until November 23.

Hockey player gets Olympic medal back

Hannah MacLeod's medal has been returned Credit: PA

London 2012 hockey player Hannah Macleod, from Maidenhead, has got her Olympic bronze medal back after Scotland Yard said it was posted anonymously to the England Hockey head office in Buckinghamshire.

Bronze medals belonging to Macleod and rower Alex Partridge were allegedly stolen along with their Team GB Olympic jackets as they partied at a London nightclub after a reception hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday to celebrate the achievements of the 2012 athletes.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said officers were holding on to the medal while they continue their inquiry but that they would reuniting Hannah with her medal shortly.

She was being kept fully informed of developments. The medals were taken after the pair joined fellow Olympians at the Mahiki nightclub in London's Mayfair.

Mr Partridge's jacket - minus his medal - was handed in to a north-west London police station on Thursday.

A 31-year-old man was arrested in connection with the thefts on Thursday and bailed until November 23.

Detective Chief Inspector James Harman said: "Alex's medal has yet to be traced, and he is understandably keen to be reunited with it as soon as possible."

Macleod, 28, had asked via Twitter for whoever took the medal to post it back to the hockey headquarters at Bisham Abbey.

On Wednesday she tweeted: "I'm not after punishment. If you picked up a Bronze Olympic medal that isn't yours pls just send anonymously back to GB hockey-Bisham Abbey."

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Olympic rower's pain at losing medal

Henley based rower Alex Partridge. Credit: PA

Henley based rower Alex Partridge has said he is "very upset" after losing his Olympic bronze medal during a night out in London.

His medal was inside a blazer stolen in the early hours of Wednesday morning, as he was "dancing away" with team mates after attending a Buckingham Palace reception.

Hockey player Hannah Macleod was also present and reported on Twitter that her medal was stolen as well, though the Metropolitan Police have only been contacted by Partridge so far.