Police hunting for a stolen Holy Grail relic used twelve officers and a dog handler to search pub in Herefordshire - but found only a salad bowl
West Mercia police shocked drinkers in the Crown Inn, Lea, in Herefordshire, by entering the premises and searching for the ancient Nanteos Cup,
Police hunting for a stolen Holy Grail relic used twelve officers and a police dog to raid a village pub after a tip-off, but found only an old salad bowl.
West Mercia police shocked drinkers in the Crown Inn, Lea, in Herefordshire, by entering the premises and searching for the ancient Nanteos Cup, which is purported to be the challice Christ drank from at the Last Supper
According to the Gloucester Citizen newspaper, police even went as far as to search a 13-week old baby's pram and nappy bag during the surprise raid.
The Nanteos Cup, a wooden bowl which may or may not have links to the Holy Land and the power to bestow eternal life, was stolen in a suspected burglary in Weston Under Penyard, a small village in Herefordshire last month.
At the time a police spokeswoman said: “I don’t want to say we are hunting the Holy Grail, but police are investigating the burglary."
“The item stolen is known as the Nanteos Cup. If you do a bit of Googling, you will see some people think it is the Holy Grail.”
Nanteos Mansion near Aberystwyth, Wales According to legend – and Google - the cup was used by Joseph of Arimathea to catch Christ’s blood while interring Him in his tomb.
Medieval chroniclers claimed Joseph took the cup to Britain and founded a line of guardians to keep it safe. It ended up in Nanteos Mansion near Aberystwyth, Wales, attracting visitors who drank from it, believing it had healing powers.
It now measures 10cm by 8.5cm – after bits were nibbled off by the sick in the hope of a miracle cure.
After an hour of searching the pub the only item police found that resembled the cup was an old salad bowl.
Wherever the legendary cup is, it isn't in the Crown Inn. Landlady Di Franklyn said: "I was amazed to see so many police - they said they had been given information that this Holy Grail had been shown off by someone here.
"But if somebody had stolen something as priceless as the Holy Grail I don't think it would be on show in my pub."
A police spokeswoman said officers were acting on intelligence: "We were told it was still there and so executed a search warrant to try and find it."
- 2 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 3 US? China? India? The 10 biggest economies in 2030 will be...
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
General Election 2015: David Cameron catching up in polls – but he badly needs a clear lead
Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
South Africa xenophobic attacks: Shops looted and violence on streets of Johannesburg as foreigners are forced to hide in police stations
18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
£18000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£16500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Chiropractic Assistant is needed in a ...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company provides coaching ...