Virgin Mary statue stolen from Remembrance Day display

Virgin Mary statue
Image caption The statue, worth £600, was stolen from a Remembrance Day display

A statue of the Virgin Mary with baby Jesus has been stolen from a Remembrance Day display in a church.

The statue, valued at about £600, was taken from the Church of Our Lady, Help of Christians in Guildhall Street, Folkestone, Kent on Sunday.

"The theft is a huge mark of disrespect," said PC Michael Kendall.

The statue, which shows Mary wearing gold, blue and green robes, was taken from a grotto inside the church between 13:15 and 13:25 GMT.

An Easter candle was also taken from the baptismal area of the church and later smashed on the wall outside.

Mr Kendall said: "I am keen to speak with three teenagers, reportedly two boys and a girl, who were seen outside the church."

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