Village church raided by thieves

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CHURCHGOERS have been left reeling after a burglary at their place of worship.

Peterlee Neighbourhood Policing Team are appealing for information after a raid at Blackhall Methodist Church, based in the village’s Middle Street.

A safe and some money were taken during the incident.

A spokesman for Peterlee Police said: “A burglary occurred overnight between Monday, August 11 and Tuesday, August 12 at Blackhall Methodist Church, in Middle Street.

“A safe and a small quantity of cash were taken from the premises and damage caused to the interior of the building.”

Anyone who has information regarding the incident is urged to call Peterlee Police on 101, quoting reference number EE1402185.