Stoke & Staffordshire

Baby Jesus statue stolen from Staffordshire pub

Nativity scene at Gatehouse in Clayton
Image caption Police said thieves had got onto the roof of the pub to steal the figures

A life-size statue of the baby Jesus has been stolen from a nativity scene on the roof of a pub in Staffordshire.

The crib had been loaned to the Gatehouse in Clayton in Newcastle-under-Lyme from the nearby Our Lady and St Werburgh's Church.

Staffordshire Police said they believed thieves had taken the 15in (38cms) figure of Jesus and a 2ft (60cms) high statue of a shepherd on Saturday night.

Father Anton Madej said: "I'm shocked and so very sad this has happened."

The church holds an annual carol service at the pub and it was the sixth year in a row that the crib had been mounted on the roof, Father Madej said.

He said: "Jesus was born in the manger at the inn, the equivalent of a pub today, so it was good that we could work together to do this as a goodwill gesture for the community.

"It's just a shame it has been ruined by a small minority."

Father Anton said no damage had been done to the other figures.

No-one from the pub was available for comment.

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