Police are appealing for information after ancient armour was stolen from a north Northumberland church.
The theft is believed to have happened between midnight on Saturday, April 26, and 4.55pm on Friday at St Aidan’s Church, on Radcliffe Road in Bamburgh.
The offenders climbed up ancient stone carvings behind the altar to take the items, causing damage to the stonework in the process.
They made off with a 17th-century lobster pot-style armoured helmet, similar to an English Civil War Roundhead-style, and a pair of ancient metal gauntlets or armoured gloves. These items have hung in the church for more than 400-years and inquiries are underway to trace them and return them to their rightful place.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to the theft or anyone who knows of the items’ whereabouts to come forward. People can contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 877 15/08/14, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.