Third theft from church

New repairs: Reverend Martin Whiffen with damage from the latest break-in
New repairs: Reverend Martin Whiffen with damage from the latest break-in
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Thieves have targeted a Chorley church for the third time in two weeks.

They smashed through three doors at Chorley United Reformed Church between 10pm on Tuesday and 7.30am on Wednesday.

They got into the church’s safe, but it contained only official marriage certificates.

However, the thieves did find cash worth £80 in a money box in the youth room.

It had been raised by young members of the church, who planned to buy a flat-screen television for their new youth area.

The Reverend Martin Whiffen said: “This is so frustrating.

“We have only just repaired the damage from the previous break-in and now those repairs need to be done all over again, but this time it’s the church’s young people who have been hardest hit.”

Nathan Stott, the church’s youth worker, said: “The young people have been working really hard to create an amazing youth facility and now it feels like all that hard work has been for nothing.

“I suppose we will just have to start all over again.”

The church, on Hollinshead Street, was previously broken into on Thursday, January 24, when thieves caused considerable damage by smashing through the doors.

However, they got away with just a few pounds in cash.

And a thief entered the building during a keep fit session on Wednesday, January 29 and stole handbags belonging to three pensioners.

Police are investigating the three incidents.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.