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Masonic medal stolen 30 years ago to be returned to Canterbury owner


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A medal stolen more than 30 years has been found at last - after its elderly owner spotted it for sale online.

The Past Masters masonic emblem, which was issued in 1980, was inside a briefcase when it was snatched from Albert Marrable's car in Sturry Road, Canterbury , in 1987.

The Past Masters masonic medal was stolen from Albert Marrable's car in 1987. Picture: Kent Police
The Past Masters masonic medal was stolen from Albert Marrable's car in 1987. Picture: Kent Police

The 78-year-old victim had almost forgotten about the crime until he saw the item advertised on the internet earlier this year.

Mr Marrable said: "When I saw it for sale online, I feared it may be sold on and I would lose it again."

After being contacted by the pensioner, police tracked down the medal.

From the east coast of Scotland, the sellers agreed to send it to PC Alex Dyer, who will then return to Mr Marrable this week.

It is thought the medal, which has Mr Marrable's name on the back, has changed hands a number of times since he last saw it.

PC Alex Dyer holding the stolen medal. Picture: Kent Police
PC Alex Dyer holding the stolen medal. Picture: Kent Police

PC Dyer said: "Kent Police is committed to getting justice for victims whether the offence happened five minutes or four decades ago.

"Whilst the thief was not caught in this case, we are happy to help return an item which has significant sentimental value to Mr Marrable."

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