Man jailed for theft of Wenlock jug - Luton

15/03/2013

A man appeared at Luton Crown Court today, Friday, 15 March 2013, and was sentenced to two years three months imprisonment in connection with the theft of a 14th century jug from the Stockwood Discovery Centre in Luton.

Ronald Nash, aged 23, of Pitwood Green, Tadworth, Surrey, was charged with handling stolen property and being concerned in the supply of class A drugs after Bedfordshire Police launched a covert operation to retrieve the 700-year-old jug after it was stolen from a high security display cabinet at the museum on Saturday, 12 May 2012.

Nash pleaded guilty to the offences at Luton Crown Court on 11 February 2013, and was today sentenced to two years three months for handling stolen goods and a further 12 months for the drug offence. These sentences are to be served consecutively meaning a total sentence of three years three months imprisonment.

Nash was arrested and charged following an in depth investigation, which included an appeal on BBC's Crimewatch programme.  The Wenlok Jug, which is made of bronze, stands at 31.5cm tall, weighs 6.1kgs, and is decorated with coats of arms and badges, and is inscribed with the words 'MY LORD WENLOK.'  It is one of only three similar jugs in the UK and is valued at £750,000.