Tyne & Wear

Ancient armour stolen from Northumberland church

St Aidan's Church, Bamburgh Image copyright Google
Image caption The items had been in the church for more than 400 years

Ancient armour has been stolen from a church in Northumberland.

The theft at St Aidan's Church, Bamburgh, was discovered on Friday but could have happened as long ago as 26 April, police said.

The stolen items were a 17th Century "lobster pot" helmet, similar to armour worn by anti-royalist Roundheads during the English Civil War, and a pair of gauntlets.

They had been in the church for more than 400 years.

The thieves climbed up old carvings behind the altar to take the items, a Northumbria Police spokeswoman said.

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