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A CHURCH has been raided by thieves who stole a TV set bought with money left in the will of the wife of a former minister.
During the break-in at Baxter United Reformed Church, Bull Ring, Kidderminster £900 of damage was caused and a large television set stolen.
The burglary happened between 10am on Saturday and 10am yesterday.
An attempt had been made to lever large double doors and a side door, before a kitchen window was removed, causing £500 damage. Part of the panels of two internal wooden doors were also broken, causing a further £400 damage.
A 42 -inch wall mounted LG television, worth £200, was stolen.
The TV had been brought with money left to the church in the will of Lynn England, wife of former minister Rev Gerald England, when she died in 2007. The screen was used to play videos and DVDs to elderly people attending the church's luncheon club, and to children.
Church Secretary Mr Bill Robson said: "The Sunday service went ahead as best it could but the burglary has caused a great deal of distress to everyone."
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact PC Angeline Baker at West Mercia Police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting incident 190-s-200113 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.