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Tea and biscuit thieves shatter windows at Sheffield Church

by Premier Journalist

A church in Sheffield has suffered its sixth burglary in the last 12 months, with thieves causing thousands of pounds of damage to steal tea and biscuits.  

In this latest incident, thieves smashed a 150-year-old stained glass window.

Rev June Fox, who looks after St James' at Woodhouse church, told the BBC the previous break-ins were also to steal low-value items such as milk or coffee.

"It's the damage that's devastating for so little gain," she said. She continued: "I feel really sad about the damage, given the age of the windows."

"The last three of four times, they've taken tea bags, coffee, sugar, biscuits, something that we would gladly give people if they were in need."

The burglary took place on 13th January following another one the day before.Rev June told the BBC she believes the thieves waited for volunteers to replenish the stock.

In response to the incident, the local community has set up a JustGiving page to raise funds to help the church.

“[The burglaries are] pushing the church close to closing its doors. We are opening this donation page for the repair of these windows to help keep a historic building active,” said the fundraiser.

“Together we are stronger. Please help.”

South Yorkshire Police confirmed to the BBC that it had “fully investigated” the incidents, but no suspects had been identified.

“These investigations have since been filed pending any further investigative opportunities coming to light,” a spokesperson said.

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