Police appeal for information after theft incidents

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HEARTLESS thieves stole a donation jar from a Northumberland church.

It was taken from St Mary’s Church in Church Road, Stannington, at 1.10pm on Tuesday, August 27. The offenders also forced entry to the locked vestibule room, triggering the alarm.

A man riding a white mountain bike was seen cycling away from the church. He is white, aged in his 20s, of medium, athletic build and with short, shaven fair hair. There was something orange draped over the handlebars.

Morpeth Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Simpson said: “It’s disgraceful that someone would steal from a church, a place of worship which plays a central role in the community.

“These are kind-hearted donations from members of the public and it’s beyond belief that someone has gone inside the church to steal.”

Anyone with information about the offence can contact police on 101, extension 69191, or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

• Police are appealing for witnesses after burglaries in Pegswood.

They took place overnight between Saturday evening and Sunday morning in Petworth Gardens and Kirkharle Drive. A large amount of fishing equipment was stolen.

Insp Simpson said: “We’re appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information on the whereabouts of the stolen property to get in touch with us.

“Unfortunately, opportunist thieves do operate and I’d like to remind residents to make sure they secure sheds and keep valuable items out of sight.

“We’re carrying out extra patrols in the area and would urge anyone who sees anything suspicious in their community to contact police.”

Anyone with information should call 101 and dial extension 69191.