Hatchet left in Fermanagh church after silver is stolen
A church community in Co Fermanagh have been left shocked after a hatchet was used to break into their building.
Police said that a number of items were stolen from Irvinestown Presbyterian Church on Mill Street sometime between midday on Sunday and 10am on Monday.
They included a 50in LG TV worth an estimated £1,200 and two silver communion plates.
A spokesperson from the church told the Belfast Telegraph they were unnerved to find a hatchet had been left behind on Monday.
"It's not the value of the items taken, it's the ability of these people to hold a community to ransom," he said.
"To come to a church with a hatchet speaks volumes.
"It's a shock, but it's the invasion into the church is what bothers us most.
"It's not the monetary value.
"Maybe these people are desperate for money, but they should have to face up to the consequences of their actions and make amends."
A PSNI spokesman added: "The communion plates are of immense personal value to the church and we're appealing to anyone with information to get in touch.
"We would also like to hear from anyone who is offered such items for sale in unusual circumstances.
"Please contact us on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 368 of May 20, 2019."
Information can also be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.