North East businessmen Freddy Shepherd and Graham Wylie are offering a £3,000 reward for the return of valuable items stolen from the Lord Mayor's Mansion House in Newcastle earlier this week.
The burglars took silverware, and a Gold Nobel Peace Prize.
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