St Helens churches burgled

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Detectives believe burglaries at two churches in St Helens are linked.

In the first raid, an intruder targeted St Paul’s Vicarage on Chain Lane, Blackbrook, some time between 8.30pm and 11pm on Thursday, August 7 - stealing jewellery after climbing onto a garage roof and through an open window.

Police believe the same offender also targeted St Mary’s Roman Catholic Presbytery on Blackbrook Road 10 days later.

At about 11am on Sunday, August 17, an intruder managed to climb up a drainpipe at the back of the church before stealing an Apple iPad - again gaining access through an open window.

DC Roy Waller said: “We believe the intruder to be the same person in both incidents as they have accessed both properties in a similar manner, through an open bedroom.

“The jewellery taken in the first incident is very distinctive and included an antique brooch, a cluster diamond ring, a ruby cluster ring, a Queen Victoria pendant and a wrist watch with the initials ‘MD’ engraved on the face.”

Police are appealing to anyone who has any information in relation to these incidents to call 0151 777 6038, or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.

They are particularly keen to hear from anyone who has been offered items of jewellery recently that resemble those taken from St Paul’s Church.