Thieves steal rare silverware from Cambridgeshire church

Some of the items taken from St Catherine's Church

Some of the items taken from St Catherine's Church - Credit: Archant

Police are appealing for information after 16th century silverware worth thousands of pounds was stolen from a Cambridgeshire church.

Some of the items taken from St Catherine's Church

Some of the items taken from St Catherine's Church - Credit: Archant

The theft took place between midnight on May 5 and midnight on May 6 at St Catherine’s Church in Church Street, Litlington.

Thieves forced the lock on the door to the vestry area to steal a silver bowl and a silver porringer with a Latin inscription on the front.

Three silver plates including two inscribed with ‘The Gift of Rev W. Webb D.D Vicar, Master of Clare Hall, for use of Parish of Litlington 1829’, were also taken. Police estimate the items are worth in excess of £3,000.

PC David Astley said: “I would like to hear from anyone who recalls being in the area at the time and may have seen anything suspicious to come forward. The items were of significant value to the church, both in monetary and sentimental terms.”

Anyone with information is asked to call PC Astley on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online reporting system at www.crimestoppers-uk.org