18th Jan, 2019

Man who admitted stealing historic silverware from Droitwich church to be sentenced but items still missing

A MAN who is already serving time for theft has admitted stealing the historic silverware from Droitwich’s St Andrews Church and will be sentenced later this month.

But the whereabouts of the 15 irreplaceable items, some more than 100 years old, is still unknown.

Paul Sheward admitted taking the silverware, worth £56,000, on June 26, after entering the church and the cabinet where they were kept.

When quizzed at HMP Hewell by officers from West Mercia Police’s Integrated Offender Management (IOM) team he told them where he had taken the items to.

The police obtained an urgent warrant and went to the address but it had already been moved on.

West Mercia Police are now re-appealing for anyone with any information on the silverware or where it may be to call them on 101.

Det Con Tom Court told The Standard: “The items are still outstanding and we want to know where they are.

“They are quite distinctive so if anyone is offered them or knows where they are, we want them to get in touch.

Sheward will be sentenced for the silverware theft and another one at Worcester Warriors RFC at Worcester Crown Court on September 28.

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