POLICE are urging churches to review their security measures after 20 pieces of valuable silver were stolen in raids on three churches in Warwickshire villages in under a week.
Eight items worth approximately £40,000 were taken from All
Saints Church in Leamington Hastings near Rugby on the night of
February 14. Thieves gained entry to the 12th century church with
keys taken during a festival when the church had been open the
After entering the church, they used the keys to steal the
contents of the safe, which included four chalices, two silver
plates from 1663 with inscriptions to their benefactor, Thomas
Trenner Miles, and a silver tankard from 1699 with an inscription
for W Binks.
A local parishioner has offered a £1000 reward for the safe
return of the historic silver. Anyone with information should
contact DC Steve Cox on 01926 415793 quoting the crime reference
There was another theft the day before at St Peter's Church in
the nearby village of Dunchurch.
Then, on February 19, St Peter's Church in Kineton fell victim
to thieves who broke into the locked vestry in the daytime when the
church was open, forced the safe and took 12 pieces of silver
donated to the church by families of the parish over the last 400
The items stolen included a communion plate from 1735 with an
inscription for Elizabeth Bentley, and a 17th century silver
chalice and flagon inscribed for George Verney.
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Tim Comyns on
01926 415000 quoting incident 375.