St Michael’s | Image courtesy of Aidan McRae Thomson

Residents in Cofton Hackett are shocked following the theft of a bell from the historic local church, reports The Village website.

The half tonne cast iron bell was stolen from the bell coop of St Michael’s Church in Cofton Church Lane after thieves climbed the roof and tossed it to the ground, also causing damage to roof tiles and stonework.

According to the church’s website, the 160 year old bell was worth around £100 for scrap but will cost at least £5000 to replace.

It is believed the bell was stolen at some time between 7pm on Monday 29 October and 3pm on Tuesday 30 October.

The tenor bell dates from 1852 and has a diameter of 54cm. It is inscribed W Blews and Son, Birmingham, 1852.

PC Tim Burling of West Mercia Police said the bell was likely to have been taken to a scrapyard.

He said: “This theft has outraged the local community, and I am appealing for anyone with information about who took it, or anyone who knows where the bell is now, to contact us on the non-emergency number 101 quoting incident 430-s-301012 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

[Many thanks to Aidan McRae Thomson for allowing the use of his images. Website | Flickr]

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