Church raided by burglars as cash stolen from donations box

A church in a Cheshire village has been raided by burglars, with the thieves stealing cash from the donations box. Police investigating the burglary in the Warrington village of Stockton Heath are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The burglars are believed to have struck between the evening of Thursday, May 30, and the early morning of Friday, May 31. An unknown number of individuals unsuccessfully attempted to forcibly access St Thomas’ Church on London Road, by breaking an exterior padlock that secured the front door.

Following this, they proceeded to enter the building by breaking a window. Once inside, around £20 in cash was stolen from a donations box.

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Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and as part of their investigation, officers would like to appeal for any witnesses to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Alexander Reeves, of CID Proactive North, said: “As well as appealing for witnesses, we are also looking to speak to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area in the evening of Thursday, May 30 and the early hours of Friday, May 31.

“The same goes for anyone who may have CCTV or dashcam footage which they believe will be of assistance.

“While our enquiries continue, we’re also urging residents in the area to remain cautious and ensure that their properties and outbuildings are kept secure at all times.”

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