"We were in there having a prayer meeting on Tuesday, and had the gates open" explained minister Ralph Upton.
"Obviously, people stole it while we were having the prayer meeting".
"It just seemed like a pointless action" says Irene Pearce, a local councillor.
"People have been sad and asking why people would do that. It just doesn't make sense"
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