St Mary’s Church in Goosnargh targeted by thieves

Posted on - 13th April, 2023 - 3:56pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Grimsargh, Lancashire Police, Longridge, Preston News
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Lancashire Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a burglary at a church in Goosnargh, near Preston.


The incident happened at St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, between 5pm on Monday 10 April and 9am on Tuesday 11 April.

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Entry was gained to the church via a stained-glass window being smashed, with the offenders then forcing their way into a back office.

Locks on two safes were drilled out, with multiple silverware items of significant value and a quantity of cash stolen.

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The church’s CCTV system was also damaged.

Officers want people to get in touch if they were in Goosnargh and the surrounding area and noticed anything suspicious between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.

A spokesperson for the police force said: “The burglary is being linked with several similar offences at churches in other parts of the country and we ask for vigilance around church buildings and for security measures to be reviewed.”

Anyone with information, contact 101, quoting log 0646 of April 11th, 2023.

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