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‘No feelings’ for families

Thieves have stolen two metal ornaments, worth thousands of pounds, from gravestones in the churchyard at St Annes Church, Singleton. Pictured by one of the graves is Tom Boyd.

Thieves have stolen two metal ornaments, worth thousands of pounds, from gravestones in the churchyard at St Annes Church, Singleton. Pictured by one of the graves is Tom Boyd.

Thieves “desecrated” a churchyard and stole thousands of pounds of sentimental and ancient relics from the graves.

The congregation at St Anne’s church, in Singleton, have shared their shock after the raid.

Items stolen from the sacred ground include a 19th Century stone cross and a bronze anchor.

Tom Boyd, lay reader at the church, said the thieves have “no feelings” for the grieving families who the ornaments were taken from.

He said: “The church has been desecrated and monuments have been damaged.

“They just can’t have any feelings for the departed or for the families who are going to grieve over this.

“It’s just so disappointing, nothing’s sacred these days but you wouldn’t think they had any real value as scrap.

“It’ll cost thousands to replace them.”

The stolen anchor is described as bronze, three feet long and two feet wide - while the covered stone cross is described as four feet long by two feet wide.

There is no CCTV footage of the raid, which happened sometime between Sunday February 2 and Sunday February 16.

The church currently draws a congregation of around 50 from as far afield as Staining, Thornton, Kirkham and Weeton.

Mr Boyd added: “We had lead stolen off the roof last year, but nothing of value taken from the churchyard.

“This is a one off.”

Lancashire Police is currently appealing for information about the missing relics.

A spokesman said: “Over the period between February 2 and February 16 somebody entered the graveyard, removed a covered 19th Century gravestone and an anchor.

“It’s being looked into and we’d urge anyone with information to get in touch.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

 

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