Police return stolen memorial coal

01 Jun 2016 15:10 PM

Returned memorial coal [View Full Size]


Police have returned an artefact stolen from a church in Ashington to its rightful place - thanks to help from the public

The theft happened between12pm on Sunday, April 24, and 10am on Monday, April 25 when officers were called to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Wansbeck Road.

A thief sneaked into the church and stole a piece of memorial miners coal that was mounted on a display plinth inside the church.

Officers investigated the crime and appealed for help from the public.  This led to the stolen item being recovered and a 71-year-old man was subsequently given a police caution for theft by finding.

Police have yet to identify the sneak-in thief who stole the item and are still appealing for witnesses to identify this individual.

Ashington Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Harris, said:

"We are pleased to be able to hand this local memorial item back to the church where it belongs.  The church and parish were upset by its loss and I know they are delighted to have it brought back to them."

Rev Lorna Beadle said: "I am absolutely thrilled to have the coal back and want to thank everyone involved for their efforts in having the item returned."

Anyone who may have any information to help officers identify the thief is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 295 27/04/16 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Pictured: PC Chris Turnbull, Rev Lorna Beadle and Frances Routledge from the church, with the returned memorial miner's coal.

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