An important community item has been stolen from a church in Ashington.
It happened between 12pm on Sunday, April 24, and 3pm on Tuesday, April 26, when an offender sneaked into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Wansbeck Road, and stole a piece of memorial miners coal that was mounted on a display plinth inside.
Inquiries into the theft are on-going and anyone with information to help is asked to contact police.
Ashington Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Harris, said: “Those responsible for this crime clearly knew they were stealing a local memorial item and from a church, but this didn’t deter them.
“This piece of coal has been on display as a memorial item in the church and means a lot to the community as it was one of the last pieces of coal to be taken from the Ashington mines.
“It is of huge significance to local people and a symbol of what the area represents and we need to get it back.
“We’re appealing for anyone who was in the area of the church at the relevant times and who may have any information to contact police.
“We’d also like to hear from anyone who may be offered the item for sale to get in touch.”
Anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, or have any information to help, is asked to contact police on 101 – quoting reference 0295 of 27/04/16 – or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.