Eight-foot-tall statue of Jesus stolen and doors worth £40k destroyed at derelict church in Belfast
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Eight-foot-tall statue of Jesus stolen and doors worth £40k destroyed at derelict church in Belfast

AN eight-foot-tall statue depicting Jesus Christ has been stolen by vandals from a disused church in Belfast.

The bronze sculpture was looted from inside the now derelict Church of the Resurrection on the Cavehill Road, north Belfast, some time over the last few weeks.

Large bronze doors worth around £40,000 that were specially made for the church were also taken off their hinges and "irreparably damaged", police said.

The former Church of Ireland chapel has been disused for several years and detectives have been unable to narrow down a more specific time period for the theft.

In an appeal for information on Facebook, PSNI North Belfast wrote: "Some time over the last few weeks, an 8 foot tall, bronze statute of Jesus was stolen from inside the Church of the Resurrection on the Cavehill Road.

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"At the same time, large bronze doors were taken off the hinges and cut up. The doors were worth £40,000 and were commissioned specially for the church. They have been irreparably damaged."

Anyone with information in relation to the missing statue is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 1318 of 01/03/19.