Valuable cutlery stolen during Nottinghamshire church robberies

Criminals have been attacking churches in Nottinghamshire in a series of crimes that police believe are related. Two churches, St Leodegarius in Church Road, Basford, and St Mary the Virgin and All Souls in Highbury Road, Bulwell, were broken into during the night of 1 March.

The thefts were discovered the next day. A third, St Wildrid’s, on Church Drive, Wilford, is believed to have been attacked during the previous night.

On each occasion valuable silverware was stolen, including a set of six All Souls candlesticks in Bulwell. Another church, St Mary’s in Plumtree, was broken into during the night of March 1.

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Officers believe the crimes may be related and are calling for anyone with information to come forward. They are also reaching out to churches in the area to warn them about these crimes.

Inspector Matt Ward, Church Liaison Officer at Nottinghamshire Police, said: “These criminals are clearly targeting local churches and we are determined to reach them. To this end I would like to hear from anyone who has seen or heard anything suspicious in these places”. , or who has seen large silver items such as plates, goblets, and candlesticks for sale.

“Our churches are in many cases at the very heart of our communities and we simply will not allow criminals to take advantage of them in this way. I am sure local residents share my anger at these incidents and I urge them to come forward with anything what to know.”


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