Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Brass eagle lectern stolen stolen from Newtown church

The brass lectern Image copyright Hampshire Constabulary
Image caption The brass lectern features an eagle book rest and a bell-shaped base

An ornate brass lectern has been stolen from a church near Newbury.

Police said the theft happened between 18:00 BST Thursday and 11:00 on Friday, from the St Mary the Virgin and St John the Baptist Church in Harts Lane, Newtown, on the border of Hampshire and Berkshire.

The church door was stolen before the lectern, which features an eagle book rest, was taken.

Hampshire Constabulary said the lectern was insured to the value of £10,000.

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