Ancient armour stolen from Northumberland church

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image captionThe items had been in the church for more than 400 years

Ancient armour has been stolen from a church in Northumberland.

The theft at St Aidan's Church, Bamburgh, was discovered on Friday but could have happened as long ago as 26 April, police said.

The stolen items were a 17th Century "lobster pot" helmet, similar to armour worn by anti-royalist Roundheads during the English Civil War, and a pair of gauntlets.

They had been in the church for more than 400 years.

The thieves climbed up old carvings behind the altar to take the items, a Northumbria Police spokeswoman said.

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