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Mummified hand disappears from Wiltshire pub again

The mummified hand
The hand is thought to belong to a gambler

A mummified severed hand that vanished from a Wiltshire pub six years ago has disappeared again.

The relic, thought to belong to a gambler caught cheating at cards, has been taken from its display case at the Haunch of Venison, in Salisbury.

After the hand went missing in 2004, it was secretly returned a few weeks later.

Staff at the pub said they hoped it would be returned again before they contacted the police.

The hand, which clutches a number of 18th Century playing cards, was first discovered when the pub was renovated in 1911.

David Prodger, who works at the pub, said the tourist attraction went missing on Wednesday.

He said: "It's kept locked in a cage, so whoever took it must have come prepared to unscrew the locks.

"We've got a big group of school children waiting to see it who are going to be very disappointed."

Mr Prodger appealed for whoever took it to return it.



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