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Bride heartbroken after ring stolen on wedding day

A Facebook appeal has been launched to help find the stolen ring Credit: Facebook

A bride has been left "heartbroken" after her hand-made engagement ring was stolen - on her wedding day. A cold-hearted thief is believed to have swiped a black handbag containing the sapphire and diamond-encrusted platinum band.

It was stolen from a secluded village church in Sussex as Caroline Marshall, 32, and James Granshaw, 29, said their vows. They are desperately trying to track down the £6,000 ring, which they say has "priceless" sentimental value as it was hand-designed by her husband an ethical London jewellers.

After getting engaged on the snowy ski slopes in Switzerland in 2012, the couple and their family and friends gathered at the parish church of St Peter ad Vincula in Wisborough Green, West Sussex last Saturday for the nuptials.

But moments before the ceremony, Caroline, who works in compliance for an investment firm in the City of London, realised she still had her engagement ring on. She slipped it off her finger and gave it to her best friend and bridesmaid, who put it in her black LK Bennett handbag for safekeeping.

After the service they realised the ring was missing and called the police. The couple fear the thief intends to sell their prize possession to one of the dozens of famous jewellery shops in the Lanes in Brighton, and they are urging anyone who has any information about the ring to get in touch.

A Facebook page called 'Help us find the ring' has been set up to help the search and has received almost 200 likes, and friends and family are using the twitter hashtag carolinesring.

Wedding rings stolen from Selsey

These wedding rings were stolen in a burglary in Selsey Credit: Sussex Police

Two pagan wedding rings were stolen from a home in Selsey after men conned their way into the victim's house.

The rings were taken from a house at Wellington Gardens at about 1pm on Monday 12th August

The 49-year-old victim was visited by a man who offered to do work on his driveway and kept him talking.

When the man left, the victim found that his and his partner's weddings rings had been taken from the dining table where he was preparing to photograph them.

The rings were platinum wedding rings with a beading design around the entire edge.

The couple are Pagans and the rings are to mark the end of their handfasting, which is the period of a year and day when they can choose to marry or split.

It is believed the first thief distracted the victim while a second thief went through the home's back door to steal the rings.