Soft toys stolen from Durham hospital chapel

image captionThe chapel at the University Hospital of North Durham is permanently open

Items have been stolen from the chapel at the University Hospital of North Durham in what police have described as a "breach of trust".

The thief, or thieves, struck overnight between Thursday and Friday, and took a number of soft toys which had been left by bereaved families.

A 2ft high brass plated cross and its plinth were also removed.

A Durham Police spokesman branded the thefts "despicable", and urged anyone with information to get in touch.

A spokesman for the Durham force said: "The chapel exists as a facility to help those in situations of bereavement or great stress, and of necessity it is kept open at all times.

"Someone has breached that trust."

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