By Peter Makossah
Shameful Criminals have been targeting churches in Nottinghamshire in a spate of well-planned crimes in the city and surrounding areas and the police strongly believe the church break-ins are all linked.
According to Nottinghamshire Police, two churches – St Leodegarius in Church Road, Basford, and St Mary the Virgin and All Souls in Highbury Road, Bulwell – were broken into overnight earlier this month on March 1.
The break-ins were discovered the following day. A third, St Wildrid’s, in Church Drive, Wilford, is believed to have been targeted overnight the previous evening.
Valuable silverware was stolen on each occasion – including a set of six candlesticks from All Souls in Bulwell.
Another church, St Mary’s in Plumtree, was broken into overnight on March 1.
In an interview with Mojatu Online Pastor Ikenna Moses, founding pastor and overseer of Fountain of God church is Sherwood Rise said: “This looks to me like a coordinated series of criminal minds to destabilise the church.
“It is scary that someone can even think to steal from the church. We will just leave it God. This the battle that God himself will put out.
“All we can, in such circumstances like these is to pray to God for protection and for his grace and glory,” he said.
Emphatically, the police believe the crimes may be linked and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
The police are currently reaching out to churches in the city and county across the area to warn them about these offences so that they can be alert.
Inspector Matt Ward, church liaison officer at Nottinghamshire Police, said: “These offenders are clearly targeting local churches and we are determined to catch up with them.
“To this end I would like to hear from anybody who saw or heard anything suspicious in these locations, or who has seen of been offered for sale large silver items like plates, cups, and candlesticks.
“These offenders are clearly targeting local churches and we are determined to catch up with them.Inspector Matt Ward
church liaison officer at Nottinghamshire Police