November 20, 2009

Professional thieves swipe church silverware

by Benjamin Graham

Thieves have stolen a collection of local historic silverware from a Norfolk church.

The silverware, dating back almost 500 years, was taken from the safe at All Saint’s Church in Chedgrave.

In what appeared to be a professional swipe, thieves ripped the back off the safe to access the silverware.

Local people said they are “hugely upset” about the theft.

Items stolen included a silver chalice dated c1567 with the inscription “For the two of Chetgrave”, and a silver paten dated c1568 with the inscription “For the town of Hadlei 1568”.

Silverware dated from the nineteenth century was also taken in the theft.

Richard Seel, associate vicar of the Chet Valley Benefice, said: “It is not the objects themselves, as precious as they are, but what hurts more is the loss of all that tradition and history.

“These items are about 450 years old and have been used in the church all those years.”

The theft occurred between 10am and 7.45pm last Monday. Police are appealing for information.

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