20th March 1966: Football World Cup stolen in daring raid
The cup, known as the Jules Rimet Trophy, was on display as part of a stamp exhibition at the Methodist Central Hall in Victoria Street, Westminster when it was taken.
Soon after the theft 46-year-old Edward Betchley, a former soldier, was arrested after he went to Battersea Park to pick up some ransom money. He was later jailed for 2 years.
The stolen trophy was found by a dog named Pickles wrapped in newspaper underneath a hedge in Norwood, south London, seven days after the theft.
In 1970 the cup was given to Brazil after their third World Cup triumph. However the cup was stolen again in Rio in 1983 and has never been found.