Help offered to thieves who stole jar of 1p coins

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Thieves who broke into a church in the Borders have been told to come in through the front door next time if they need help.

Striking a pragmatic tone rooted in Christian teaching, Rev Anna Rodwell said she was "not standing in judgement" following the robbery at Kelso North Parish Church.

A petty cash box containing around £130 and a glass jar containing over 700 1p coins were taken.

The building was broken into some time between 8pm on Sunday and 8am on Monday.

A large quantity of 2nd class stamps was also stolen and damage was caused in the office to an internal door which will need to be replaced.

Kindness

Ms Rodwell, minister of Kelso North and Ednam North Parish Church, said: “It was a shock to the person who discovered that the church had been broken into.

“But we are not standing here with long faces and wringing our hands because we do not keep substantial sums of money in the building, it was only petty cash that was stolen.

“We have had extremely kind and generous people contacting us and offering us support and money which is an indication that most care about the church.

“I would say to whoever is responsible for the break-in to please use the front door next time.

“I am not standing here in judgement and would really like to try and help a person desperate enough to break into a church and steal petty cash.”

Tight budget

Police have appealed for anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

Constable Craig Hood of Kelso police station said:;“The church runs on a very tight budget and this incident has had a significant impact on available funds which would otherwise have gone towards the upkeep of the church and any local events that they participate in.

“I would ask anyone with information in relation to any suspicious persons seen around the church during this time and in particular anyone seen exiting the building via the front door, to please get in touch.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact officers on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”