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Thieves target Aberdeen churches

Thieves target Aberdeen churches

Thieves have targeted two Aberdeen churches – stealing money and leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

The culprits struck at Northfield Parish Church and Newhills Parish Church, in Bucksburn, between Thursday and Friday.

Last night, a police spokesman appealed for witnesses to come forward after money and various items were stolen.

More than £500 worth of damage was also caused during the course of entry.

Detective Constable Paul Wigley said: “These crimes are distasteful and upsetting to residents of these areas.

“I would urge anyone who saw suspicious activity in the areas around the time in question to contact police with any information as soon as possible.”

Northfield and Mastrick North councillor Ciaran McRae said he believed the theft at Northfield Parish Church was particularly unusual for the area.

He added: “The local community around this church is lovely and safe, so for these criminals to target a local church will come as a shock to many residents of Northfield.

“It is incredibly disappointing to see that thieves have also targeted the Newhills Parish Church in Bucksburn.

“This is simply not acceptable behaviour, and it is completely inexcusable. To target a place like a church is particularly unusual and unsavoury.

“I would urge anyone with information about either of these incidents to get in touch with the police, who I am sure are working very hard to bring these thieves to justice.”

Anyone with information can call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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