Burglar at church

Poulton United Reformed Church

Poulton United Reformed Church

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THIEVES targeted a church during a Christmas carol service, stealing a mobile phone as a band of youngsters performed just yards away.

Members of Hodgson Academy’s band had their belongings rifled through and stolen as they played an annual concert at the United Reformed Church in Poulton.

Police are now investigating after the incident, which happened some time between 10.30am and 11.30am on Sunday morning.

Irene Butcher, the church secretary, told The Gazette: “We were very shocked and the girls were quite upset.

“We were very sorry for the girls, mobiles phones are worth a lot of money to go missing.”

A HTC mobile phone, worth more than £100, was taken after belongings were left in the church hall, part of the whole church building on Tithebarn Street.

The victims are thought to be former Hodgson Academy pupils, now studying at Blackpool Sixth Form, who return to take part in the annual concert.

A Lancashire Police spokesman added: “We are aware of this incident and are investigating.

“A mobile phone was taken from a jacket and a number of other people also noticed things missing from their coats.”

Anyone who saw something suspicious should call police on 101.

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