A NOBEL peace prize and a lock of Lord Collingwood’s hair are among the valuable items missing after a daring raid on a Lord Mayor’s official residence.
Thieves smashed their way through the cellar to get into the Mansion House, in Jesmond, Newcastle.
And once inside the crooks helped themselves to a huge haul of rare artefacts and antique silverware worth around £150,000.
Among the items now missing are the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Newcastle MP and former Foreign Secretary Arthur Henderson in the 1930s, and an oak presentation box containing a lock of Tyneside Naval hero Lord Collingwood’s hair.
The burglars struck at the grand residence, on Fernwood Road, sometime overnight on Monday.
Police, who are still hunting the raiders, are now urging the public to keep their eyes out for the rare and valuable items they stole.
Northumbria Police’s Temporary Newcastle Superintendent Bruce Storey said: “Some of the items taken in this burglary are very uncommon and we are asking the public to keep their eyes open for them.
“One of the items is a Nobel Peace Prize dating back to 1934 when it was awarded to Newcastle’s Arthur Henderson for his work on international disarmament.
“The Nobel Peace 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.”
Newcastle-born Lord Collingwood, who died 200 years ago, famously led a British fleet in a victory over the French and Spanish at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
The lock of hair was in a circular oak box with an engraved inscription saying: “This box which was made out of transform of the Royal Sovereign and enclosed a lock of the hair of the late Lord Collingwood, was presented by Admiral Thomas to the Corporation of Newcastle Upon Tyne.”
A spokesman for Newcastle City Council said: “We would urge anyone with any information to contact the police to help them with their enquiries. All functions scheduled to take place this week at the Mansion House will go ahead as planned.”
Anyone with information about the burglary, or about the location of any of the items taken, is asked to contact Northumbria Police on the 101 non-emergency number, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.