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Sixteenth century plate among silverware stolen from Belfast Cathedral

A sixteenth century plate is among silverware which has been stolen from St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

A silver chalice and two silver collection plates were taken from the cathedral - with the theft discovered on Thursday morning.

The items were taken from an office located at the back of the building, police have said.

They have appealed for anyone who may have witnessed someone behaving suspiciously in the area on Wednesday or Thursday to contact them.

Police are asking the public to also be aware of anyone trying to sell the items on.

One of the plates is from the 16th century and is described as being 5.5" in diameter with an inscription on the underside reading 'St Anne's Parish Church Belfast'.

A second plate is a copy of the first, made in 1894  with the inscription "The Parish Church 1895" on the underside of the dish.

A seven-inch tail chalice - with a small ovoid bowl, short knot stem and wide trumpet foot - was also taken.

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