An irreplaceable ornamental sword stolen from a rugby club six months ago was discovered in a police raid - at a house a few hundred metres away.
There are only 200 such swords in the world and they were awarded to a select few sports clubs and charities in the 1970s.
Preston Grasshoppers was lucky enough to bid for the sword nearly 40 years ago and it was on display in a toughened glass cabinet until March this. On March 13, between 3.30am and 3.35am a burglar broke in through a fire door and stole the 3ft silver sword, which is valued at £5,000.
Several appeals were published in the press, and it is understood an eagle eyed LEP reader made an anonymous call to police.
Detective Inspector Warren Atkinson, of Preston Police said: “We received a call and a house on Lightfoot Lane was raided on Monday.
“We believe the person may have stolen it believing it to be silver that could be smelted - however it is steel.
“The value is due to its age and rarity not its metal content. Obviously a sword like this is hard to sell on without suspicion.
“The call came in as a result of an LEP appeal.
He added: “A man is voluntarily attending the police station for questioning tomorrow.”
Richard Ellis, who works at the club, said: “ We are eager to return it to its rightful place as soon as possible and are delighted it has been found.”