Hamilton police have recovered a 90 kilogram brass bell they believe was stolen from the Paradise Corner Children’s Centre in Hamilton in August.

In late August, an officer on patrol saw a van being driven erratically in the east end of Hamilton.

When stopped, the hefty school bell was found inside the van, alongside "several other items of concern," said acting Staff Sgt. Bryan Grigsby.

Police believe the bell is the same one stolen from the children’s centre at 634 Rymal Road West, which once housed Barton/Glanbrook Secondary School number three.

The building has been around since the 1800s, and once burned down. It also once housed soldiers during the War of 1812, Grigsby said.

"We’re confident it’s the same bell as it has the same distinguishing marks," he said.

Police say the bell was likely stolen to be melted down and sold as scrap metal.

The investigation is ongoing, and no charges have been laid. The bell is currently in police storage.