Churches already struggling to cope with the theft of metal from their roofs are now being targeted for items such as brass crucifixes and bible stands.
The Telegraph reports:
An increasing number of parishes across Britain are falling victim to raiders who steal anything metal they believe may be of value on the scrap market.
Items such as brass lecterns and metal statues may only be of limited worth to the thieves but are of huge sentimental and spiritual value to the clergy and congregations.
Church insurers, who are now offering extra security advice to parishes, have warned that some places of worship may soon have to start locking their doors when services are not taking place.
In the latest case callous thieves struck at a church in Bolton, Greater Manchester, making off with four brass crucifixes, metal collection plates and a number of chalices…
One 68-year-old churchgoer said: “Have these people got no shame? This is a place of worship yet they break in and steal objects that have enormous religious significance to us. They are monsters.”