Some of the prized trophies stolen during a ram raid at Red Bull Racing have been found at the bottom of a lake more than 70 miles away.
Police were called on Monday by a passer-by who spotted a couple of the gold and silver motor racing prizes floating to the top of the water at Horseshoe Lake near Sandhurst in Berkshire.
Officers from the specialist search and rescue team searched the lake and recovered around 20 of them. Sadly some were damaged and in pieces.
Investigating officer detective constable Chris Oakman said police will now be liaising with Red Bull to discover what is still missing from the haul of 60.
He is asking anybody who spots a trophy or trophy parts to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner said: “It’s good news that some of our trophies have been found and thanks to the police for all their help so far. The fact that some of the trophies were discarded in a lake and damaged shows how senseless this crime was. While the trophies mean an enormous amount to the team, their intrinsic value is low – and the extent of the damage that was caused to the factory by the offenders during the break-in was significant. Hopefully we can get the trophies back to our factory where they belong and get replicas made of those that we can’t. Thanks to everyone involved for their help so far.”
Ram raiders attacked Red Bull Racing’s Tilbrook base 12 days ago, driving a vehicle straight through the main entrance into the foyer while night staff were on duty.
They grabbed the trophies, which were on display in a glass-fronted cabinet.
All were prizes collected by the Red Bull team over the past nine years of racing.
Boss Christian horner said the team was “devastated” at the loss.
“The thieves stole more than 60 trophies which took years and hard work to accumulate. The break -in caused significant damage and was very upsetting for our night officers who were on duty at the time.”
Police say it is a mystery why people would steal the trophies and dump them at the bottom of a lake.