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Family signet ring thieves sought in Edinburgh

Ring Image copyright Polie Scotland
Image caption The 18c gold ring is etched with the man's family crest

Thieves who stole a family signet ring from an Edinburgh hospital are being sought by police.

A 73-year-old man had removed the 18c gold ring, which was etched with his family crest, to wash his hands in a toilet in the Western General hospital.

The man then forgot to collect his ring and when he returned to the building it had been stolen on 1 May.

Police Scotland has since recovered the ring in a second-hand shop and returned it to the man.

The force said it was now following a positive line of inquiry to identify the thieves.

Supt Matt Richards said: "This ring was made by the victim's brother and while it is worth a significant sum of money, it is of greater sentimental value."

He said police in Edinburgh were able recover the item from a second-hand store but were actively hunting for the thieves.

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