Team GB and Leicester Ladies hockey star Hannah Macleod's stolen medal plea
Team GB hockey star Hannah Macleod has pleaded for the return of her stolen Olympic bronze medal.
The 28-year-old, who plays for Leicester Ladies, made the appeal yesterday after the medal was taken from the Mahiki nightclub, in Mayfair, London, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Her mobile phone was also taken.
She had been enjoying a night out with fellow Olympians after a reception at Buckingham Palace.
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Her Team GB colleague and bronze medal-winning rower Alex Partridge was also the victim of medal theft on the same night.
Both sporting stars had left their medals in their official Olympic blazers which were unattended, police said.
Hannah, who won her London 2012 bronze with the women's hockey team, yesterday urged the thief to return her most prized possession.
In a statement, she said: "I'm absolutely gutted my Olympic medal has been stolen.
"Winning it in August was an incredible highlight for me and for this to have happened is shattering.
"While it means everything to me, it has no value to anyone else and I hope whoever took it can hand it in or leave it somewhere that means I can get it back. I just want it back."
Hannah also made an appeal on Twitter.
In a string of Tweets, the Olympian described how the medal had gone missing between about midnight and 3am on Wednesday.
She said: "I'm not after punishment. If you picked up a bronze Olympic medal that isn't yours please just send anonymously back to GB hockey-Bisham Abbey."
News of the theft was widely reported yesterday with Hannah appearing on BBC Radio 5 Live. Speaking on the show, she said she believed the theft was pre-meditated.
"It looks like a very well done job," she told presenter Tony Livesey.
"The CCTV footage shows a couple who were acting suspiciously and had done a couple of laps of the bar, scoping things out prior to approaching our group."
The theft is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police, who are searching through CCTV footage and interviewing witnesses.
Detective Chief Inspector James Harman said: "I would appeal to anyone who was in the venue in the early hours of Wednesday and saw anything suspicious to contact us.
"My team have spoken to both Olympians who are desperate to be reunited with the medals."
A 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with this investigation and was yesterday being held at a west London police station
Anyone with information can call police on 0207 321 7650.