Basingstoke churches targeted across three days of break-ins

Thieves have targeted three churches in Basingstoke in three days.

A safe containing hundreds of pounds of charity donations, silverware, and marriage certificates was stolen from St Gabriel's in Popley.

There was an attempted break-in at nearby St Bede, and a safe was taken from Christ Church at Chineham.

The vicar of St Gabriel's believes the raids had been planned and carried out by a large gang.

He says: "It's always disturbing when places of any faith are targeted in this manner. It's particularly devastating for our community because St Gabriel's is such a hub and a hive of community activity. We have such a wide variety of groups here of all ages and all activities. So most of them are really shocked and upset."

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The raids on the three churches were carried out overnight between 13-15th June.

The safe at St Gabriel's had been taken during the break-in.

The thieves used an angle grinder to cut their way into the safe, however the sparks set fire to the safe's contents and destroyed everything.

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