Bronze crucifix stolen from Norwich church 

A bronze crucifix has been stolen from the war memorial of St Peter Mancroft church in Norwich city centre.

Police are investigating the theft of the cross and Church council secretary Colin Pordham told the EDP: “This was an absolutely appalling and sacrilegious act and we are deeply saddened.”

Mr Pordham added: “I don’t know whether this was an anti-Christian act but it is certainly incredibly disrespectful. I have been involved with the church for around 50 years now. I have seen broken windows and lead thefts in this time, but never anything like this.”

He is now hoping that anybody who can help locate the stolen cross will step forward and get in touch with the church.

Police have launched inquiries into the theft, with it believed to have happened some time between 8am on July 27 and 5pm on August 8.

Investigating officer PC Hollie Blaker said: “All crime is unacceptable but targeting a war memorial inside a church is particularly abhorrent.

Contact crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via their anonymous online form at

Read more of this story on EDP24

Pictured above is St Peter Mancroft in Norwich, by Simon Knott.


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