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Renewed appeals after church burglaries in Chingford

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Police are renewing appeals for information regarding two burglaries at a church in Chingford which resulted in items of historic value being stolen.

All Saints Church on Old Church Road was first burgled on 14 November and although nothing was stolen, around £500 worth of damage was done to a window and door.

It was on 22 November when a safe containing thousands of pounds worth of church property was taken, among which was a newly restored silver chalice made in 1595.  Some of the property is believed to be more than 1,000 years old, with one item having distinct inscriptions and detailing.

Officers are looking for any information the public may have on any of the missing objects. Due to the unique features and significant age they believe it might be possible someone has seen the silver chalice on social media or online market places.

      One of the items stolen

PC Nicole Garcia, who is investigating the burglary, said: “Since the first public appeal in February, we are sadly no closer to apprehending those responsible. These items hold significant spiritual and emotional value to the church and its community, who need them back.

“We once more appeal to anyone who may have witnessed when either of the burglaries occurred or have seen any items belonging to the church, to come forward and help our investigation. 

“We need any information that can help return the missing items to their owners.”

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