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Couple reunited with stolen items found in pond after 11 years

Isabelle and Stanley Larson, Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Isabelle and Stanley Larson were reunited with the items 11 years after they were stolen

A couple who had jewellery stolen more than a decade ago have been reunited with their possessions after they were found at the bottom of a London pond.

Isabelle and Stanley Larson from Oxted, Surrey, were burgled in October 2005.

The Marine Policing Unit's dive team were working on an unrelated case at Slade Ponds when they recovered the items in a supermarket carrier bag.

The Larsons were traced after a public appeal by the police.

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Image caption The items were found in a supermarket carrier bag in Slade Ponds

One of the items found was a watch belonging to Mrs Larson's uncle, that he was given in 1972 in recognition of 40 years' service with the South Eastern Gas Board.

Mrs Larson said: "I was amazed when my daughter-in-law said she'd 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."

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Image caption A cycling medal, belonging to Mrs Larson's father, was one of the items taken
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Image caption A ring was also found in the bag ring with the inscription 'In Arduis Fidelis', the insignia of the Royal Army Medical Corp

PC Steve Morgan, from the Met's dive team, met the couple at their home to return the medal and jewellery.

"A decade after these items were stolen it was a privilege to be able to meet the Larsons and give back these items which have such meaning to the family," he said.

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Image caption The watch found had an inscription on the back

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