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Antique silverware stolen in church raid.

A COMMUNITY has been left in shock after thieves broke into a church and stole antique silverware.

Police are appealing for information after the break-in at St Paul's church in Abertysswg between Thursday and Saturday night.

Church people's warden Ken Russell said a chalice thought to be more than 100 years old was stolen along with a silver plate used during communion.

Microphones and change from a collection box were also taken from the church on Walter Street.

The former policeman was contacted by officers on Tuesday after silverware thought to be from the church was found "broken into pieces".

Mr Russell, 73, said: "We have an elderly congregation and they are upset at the fact that someone has been there and taken the silverware. We are the only church or place of worship in the village and people depend on it for christenings, burials and weddings.

"We think the chalice is from 1902. At the back of the church people light candles and put a pound in and that was taken - we never knew how much there was in it."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police on 101, quoting log number 456 27/01/18 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 1, 2018
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