Family heirlooms stolen more than a decade ago have been returned to their owners after being unearthed at the bottom of a Greenwich pond.
Isabelle Larson said she and husband Stanley had “lost hope” of ever seeing the items again and were “amazed” when police divers found them stuffed in a supermarket carrier bag at the bottom of Slade Ponds.
The stolen items included a cycling medal awarded to her father in 1937 and an inscribed watch awarded to her uncle in 1972 for 40 years’ service with the South Eastern Gas Board.
The haul of jewellery and memorabilia was discovered by the Met’s Marine Policing Unit on Wednesday, April 20, while it was working on an unrelated case in Greenwich.
Police launched a public appeal to find the owners and the Stanley’s daughter-in-law spotted the story in the local media.
Police visited the couple to reunite them with their treasure which were stolen from their home in Oxted in Surrey during a burglary in October 2005.
Mrs Larson said: “I was amazed when my daughter-in-law said she’s seen a police appeal with pictures of my father’s cycling medal and uncle’s watch.
“I saw the pictures myself and recognised the items straight away; it’s wonderful news. After all this time I had lost hope of ever seeing these items again.”
PC Steve Morgan of the Met’s Dive Team, said: “Mr and Mrs Larson were delighted and very grateful to be reunited with their property, which has great sentimental value.
“A decade after these items were stolen it was a privilege to be able to meet them and give back these items which have such meaning to the family.”
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