Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 16°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Maldon: Police ask churches to review security measures

10:48 10 March 2014

There have been a large number of burglaries from churches in the Maldon area

There have been a large number of burglaries from churches in the Maldon area

THIS COPYRIGHTED IMAGE MUST NOT BE USED WITHOUT PERMISSION

Police are asking churches in the Maldon area and beyond to revisit their security arrangements following a series of thefts within the past few weeks.

shares

Churches in Purleigh, Goldhanger, Wickham Bishops, Stow Maries and Stock have had a variety of religious items and statues stolen.

All Saints Church in Church Hill, Purleigh was entered between midday on February 16 and midday on February 21. A wooden cross and bible stand were stolen and damage was caused to a locked cupboard.

St Peter’s Church in Church Street, Goldhanger was entered between 9am and 11.45am on February 22.

Thieves stole a gold gilt ciborium consecrated cup which had a lid.

Engraved on the underside of the foot of the cup was ‘To the glory of God and in loving memory of Hilda Price 7/5/79 aged 82 and Francis Page died 23/01/82 aged 93’. Two small silver-plated and gold gilt pyxes were also taken.

St Bartholomew’s Church in Church Road, Wickham Bishops was entered between 12.30pm and 4.30pm on March 1.

Once inside the suspects took £5 in cash, a Victorian era, dark oak, carved Angel figure which was 4ft in height. It was bolted to the floor and damage was caused during its forced removal.

A plaque depicting the Virgin Mary with a child was stolen from All Saints Church in Stock Road, Stock between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on February 16.

And St Mary’s and St Margaret’s Church in Church Lane, Stow Maries was entered between 8.30am to 4.30pm on March 1.

Thieves stole a statue of the Virgin Mary with Jesus on her lap. This was between 12 and 18 inches tall and made of either plaster or wood.

Pc Lea Keene of Maldon Police Station, said: “We would ask all churches to review their security measures and for people living near any church to keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviour.

“We have Crime Prevention Tactical Advisors who can be contacted via the 101 number for specialist advice on security steps that can be taken.

“We would also like to hear from any antique shops or second-hand property dealers who are offered any of the distinctive items taken from these churches for sale.”

Anyone with information about any of the burglaries or who is offered these items for sale can call Pc Keene at Maldon Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

shares

0 comments

The scene of the accident on the A133 at Weeley between a push bike and a van.

A cyclist has died in hospital following a collision with a van on the A133 at Weeley.

Fire Fighters damping down the fire at The George Pub in Wickham Market in 2013

No progress has been made on the restoration of the pub by its new owners, who bought the site from Punch Taverns for £62,000 last year.

Ladbrokes in Grange Farm Avenue, Felixstowe which was the scene of an armed robbery.

Four men have been arrested following an armed robbery in Felixstowe on Friday night.

Festival goers learn archery at Mersea Island Festival, an adventure break for children, young people and adults with or without a physical or learning disability, at Essex Outdoors in Mersea.

The annual Mersea Island Festival has seen people try out a range of adventurous activities.

Police are investigating after rope was tied across a road

‘Lives are being put at risk’ – that’s the warning from Essex Police after motorists had to manoeuvre around a rope which was tied across a road.

Writer and historian Dr Mark Felton

A historian and author from Colchester whose book has been picked up by Hollywood has released a new thriller based on another daring Second World War mission.

Suffolk County Council's headquarters at Endeavour House in Ipswich.

The number of high earners at Suffolk County Council has risen for the first time in four years, according to new figures.

Toby Freeman from Robin Cancer Trust, Ben Payne from Reflective Ice Limited and Angie Diggens from St Helena Hospice are teaming up to have a charity night at the Winter Wonderland and Ice Rink in Colchester Castle Park.

An ice rink planned for central Colchester this winter will be taken over by local charities for a night.

Knives handed in during an amnesty at Clacton Police Station

A survey by a weapons awareness charity has found one-quarter of youngsters in Clacton have been threatened with a knife.

The Energy from Waste Site in Great Blakenham.

Nearly a year after it first started to turn Suffolk’s waste into something useful – electricity – the Great Blakenham incinerator is helping to keep rubbish out of the county’s holes in the ground.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages