Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Idsworth Saxon chapel damaged by thieves

St Hubert's chapel at Idsworth (by John Winfield)
Image caption St Hubert's chapel is surrounded by fields and is open to the public

Thieves have stolen a donation box and damaged the wall of a Saxon church in Hampshire.

The theft at St Hubert's chapel in Idsworth, near Rowlands Castle, happened between 2 and 4 February.

The grey metal box was forced from a wall in the main hall, damaging the structure in the process.

St Hubert's dates back to 1053 and is situated on its own in a field. Police said it was not known how much money the thieves got away with.

Pc Robert Bramble said: "The donations box was recently emptied so there would have been little money in it, but the damage done to the ancient church wall will be expensive to repair.

"This is an opportunist crime that happened while the church was open to the public, so we are hoping someone may have information about those responsible."

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