POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a church in High Road, Orsett, was broken into.
Between 12pm on Saturday, December 17 and 10am the next day, suspects smashed a window to gain entry, causing £1,000 damage. Two silver Cruets with engravings on and a glass decanter were stolen, worth a total estimated £325. Whilst inside, the suspects have also set off two fire extinguishers, leaving the church covered in a layer of powder.
Investigating officer, Pc Daniel Nagle, said: “This is a really despicable act; not only have some irreplaceable items been stolen, and unnecessary mess was caused by the fire extinguishers, which is completely senseless. As a result of this incident, the Sunday morning mass was cancelled, which has caused a lot of upset to the local community. If you know who did this, do the right thing and call us.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Pc Daniel Nagle at the Thurrock CID area investigation team on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.