The vicar of a Newcastle city church is appealing for information after a much-cherished six foot high bronze crucifix, situated in a remembrance garden next to his church, was stolen overnight.
The life-sized crucifix at All Saints Gosforth has been in place since being erected in 1965. It has become an important feature of the garden which over many years has been used by so many local families to remember loved ones.
The Reverend Canon Andrew Shipton said: "The crucifix was situated in a consecrated area where many ashes are buried. It was a great shock to find that the bronze statue of our Lord had gone and a cause of considerable sadness."
The crucifix was stolen sometime overnight between Wednesday 12 May and Thursday 13 May.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Andrew on 0191 284 5540 or Northumbria Police on 101.