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Man admits handling stolen Wenlok Jug

Ronald Nash
Image caption Ronald Nash, 23, was arrested when officers recovered the Wenlok jug

A man has admitted handling a 14th Century jug that had been stolen from a Luton museum.

The Wenlok jug, worth about £750,000, was taken from Stockwood Discovery centre last May.

It was recovered by Bedfordshire Police in the early hours of 24 September at a property in Tadworth, Surrey.

Ronald Nash, 23, from Tadworth, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods, at Luton Crown Court. He will be sentenced on 15 March.

He also pleaded guilty to one count of being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

'My Lord Wenlok'

A second man, Louis Kybert, 25, of Banstead, Surrey, pleaded guilty to the possession of two stun guns and being concerned in the supply of class A drugs after being arrested by officers conducting searches for the jug.

Image caption The jug was taken from Luton museum

A 47-year-old man arrested in connection with the investigation was released without further action.

The bronze jug, decorated with coats-of-arms and inscribed with the words "My Lord Wenlok", is believed to be one of only three similar jugs in the UK.

It is thought it was made for either William Wenlock, who died in 1391 and was canon of St Paul's Cathedral, or his great-nephew John, the first Lord Wenlock, who was a major figure in the 15th Century.

The jug was found after an investigation that captured national attention and featured on the BBC's Crimewatch programme where CCTV images of the suspect were shown.

It has been returned to the Luton museum but has not yet gone back on display.

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