The Sun in London reports:

Souvenir hunters have stolen dozens of commemorative badges intended for the final crew of the QE2 – and put them up for sale on eBay.

The badges, in the shape of the captain’s gold epaulettes, were commissioned by the ship’s master, Captain Ian McNaught, as a unique gift to the 1,000 crew.

But more than 100 were taken from the package before it was delivered to the ship.

Police were last night investigating the theft.

The badges – which had attracted bids of more than £100 each – have been taken off the eBay website.

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