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Missing RAF sword returned to rightful home

PUBLISHED: 18:16 23 June 2010 | UPDATED: 10:59 12 August 2010

A PRECIOUS ceremonial sword stolen from council offices but returned during a knife amnesty more than a decade later will be presented to Battle of Britain heroes.

A PRECIOUS ceremonial sword stolen from council offices but returned during a knife amnesty more than a decade later will be presented to Battle of Britain heroes.

Police officers were just days away from destroying the piece of history, which marked the conferring of the Freedom of the London Borough of Bromley to RAF Biggin Hill in 1980.

The sword, which will be presented by the Mayor of Bromley George Taylor to veterans during the Battle of Britain Commemoration event tomorrow (Friday) was last seen at council offices in a presentation cabinet during the 1990s.

It was handed in during the Met's knife crime Operation Blunt campaign in February last year along with hundreds of other knives.

Staff at the Criminal Exhibit Services unit, who were intent on saving the sword from destruction, contacted the RAF, leading to a chance conversation with members of its Association.

At the eleventh hour they discovered the RAF were the owners, just days before it was due to be melted. Leader of Bromley council, Stephen Carr said: "It is a special year marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain throughout the borough and the sword's return is a welcome one.

"It is now back in its rightful place belonging to the people of the borough in recognition of the magnificent work during the War.

"Biggin Hill is one of the proudest national and even international brand names in the borough. It is great to maintain that heritage."

A police spokesperson said: "Criminal Exhibit Services received this sword and found it of such exceptional quality, clearly intended for ceremonial purposes that they endeavoured to reunite it with its rightful owner.

"After well over a year of searching, it was discovered that it was originally used by the Royal Air Force and we were delighted to be able to reunite it with them."

The sword's new home has yet to be decided but one suggestion is to hang it permanently in the St George's RAF Memorial Chapel in Biggin Hill.

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