ITEMS were damaged and stolen during a church burglary in Bournemouth.

A man reportedly entered St Stephen’s Church in St Stephen’s Way, before gaining entry to a private area and damaging a number of items.

It is also reported that a silvery sanctuary lamp, a statue of 'Our Lady of Walsingham' and a palm frond - which is described as a gold palm leaf - were stolen.

Police are now investigating the burglary that happened at around 9.30am on Friday, June 9.

Police community support investigator Rachael Buller, of Bournemouth police, said: “I am continuing to investigate this incident and am now in a position to issue a CCTV image of the suspect.

Bournemouth Echo: Images of the stolen items issued by Dorset PoliceImages of the stolen items issued by Dorset Police (Image: Dorset Police)

“I am appealing to anyone who recognises him, or has any information about the burglary, to please get in touch.

“Also, I am issuing images of the stolen items as they are very distinctive and I would ask anyone who has seen them for sale to please contact Dorset Police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55230090398.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.