Rare items stolen during a robbery at the Lord Mayor of Newcastle’s Mansion House include a gold Nobel Peace Prize awarded in the 1930s to Arthur Henderson, a pioneer of the Labour Party and campaigner for disarmament.
The premises in Fernwood Road,
Jesmond, were raided overnight on April 1-2 and also among the haul
- valued at around £150,000 - were a lock of hair from Admiral Lord
Collingwood and a large amount of antique silverware.
Newcastle Temporary Superintendent
Bruce Storey said: "The Nobel Peace Prize dates back to 1934 when
it was awarded to Henderson for his work on international
disarmament. The prize has been awarded 93 times to 124 Nobel
Laureates between 1901 and 2012 and so the stolen item is extremely
rare, recognisable and historically important."
This is believed to be the first theft
of a Nobel Peace Prize.
Henderson (1863-1935) was the Labour
Party's first ever Cabinet minister. In 1900 he attended the London
conference which set up the Labour Representation Committee and was
elected to parliament in 1903, before chairing the conference in
1906 which formed the Labour Party (he was secretary from 1911-34).
He had a remarkable record of winning five times and losing five
times in general elections, but regaining a seat after each of the
losses by winning by-elections.
He was a leading figure in the League
of Nations' disarmament effort - which ultimately failed as the
world hurtled towards the Second World War.
Henderson was born in Glasgow but
moved to Newcastle aged nine. The medal was presented to the city
council about 25 years after his death. A rose bowl presented to
him when he was given the freedom of the city in 1930 was also
stolen. Admiral Lord Collingwood, Nelson's second-in-command at
Trafalgar, was another notable figure with strong connections to
the North East, and was in fact born in Newcastle in
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