Hereford & Worcester

Medieval burial stone stolen from Herefordshire church

Medieval burial slab
The stone had been marked using Smartwater

Part of a Medieval burial stone has been stolen from a Herefordshire church.

The 8.5cm (3.3in) thick child's burial slab, was stolen from St Mary's Church in Foy, near Ross-on-Wye.

Church Warden Andrew Netting said the stone, measuring 51cm (20in) by 35cm (14in), featured a carving of a female figure wearing a cloak.

Mr Netting said the slab had been marked with the forensic tracing system - Smartwater.

It has also been photographed and catalogued by the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts.

The theft was reported to police on Tuesday, 5 January.

Anyone with information on the stone is urged to contact Hereford police on the non-emergency 101 contact number.

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