20th Feb, 2019

Man quizzed over priceless silver stolen from Droitwich's St Andrews Church

A SUSPECT in the theft of historic silver from a Droitwich church has been interviewed in connection with the incident.

Sgt Alex Denny and Det Con Court from South Worcestershire Police have quizzed a man at HMP Hewell in Tardebigge over the theft which took place at St Andrews Church on June 26.

He admitted the offence in full and indicated where the items were.

An urgent warrant was obtained by the police for an address in Droitwich where some of the items taken from the church, such as the guitar pedals used by Rev Nigel Byard, were recovered but the historic silverware was not found.

Among the 15 priceless and irreplaceable solid silver items were some that were over 100 years old.

They were stolen after the thieves forced open the cabinet they were in and removed them from their cases.

The haul has since been valued at £56,000.

A police spokesperson said: “We are very disappointed that we haven’t found this yet but we continue our efforts.

“We ask the person who now have possession of these goods to either contact us, or return them to the church.”

Anyone with any information on the silverware, some which dates back more than 100 years, should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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