Police appeal after thieves steal religious silverware from churches

Items stolen from churches in Upper and Lower Dicker over Christmas SUS-141230-085919001

Items stolen from churches in Upper and Lower Dicker over Christmas SUS-141230-085919001

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Police are appealing for witnesses after thieves broke into two churches and stole religious silverware.

Between December 25 and December 28, Zoar Chapel in Lower Dicker and Holy Trinity Church in Upper Dicker were entered by thieves.

The Zoar Chapel, off the A22, was broken into at some point after the Christmas Day service finished at 11.30am on Thursday and before 9.20am on Sunday, December 28.

Among the items stolen were two silver Communion sets (one pictured), silver plates, cups and decanters and a pewter cup.

At 8am on December 28, Holy Trinity Church in Coldharbour Road, Upper Dicker, was found to have been broken into and searched, although the intruders did not steal anything.

Thieves also broke into The Plough pub in Upper Dicker between 10.30pm on Saturday, December 27 and 8am the next day. They stole two bottles of Champagne and £250 in cash.

Sergeant Simon Kind said, “Both of the churches were left in a mess after the burglaries.

“As they happened so close to each other and in a short period of time we believe that the same people could be involved in each.

“We need to speak to anyone who saw people acting suspiciously in the villages late on Saturday or early on Sunday. What you saw or heard could be vital to our investigation so please get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 241 of 28/12, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.