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Catholics 'overwhelmed' by Anglican cash after break-in

Sat 15 Oct 2016
By Alex Williams

A cheque from Anglican church-goers to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral following a burglary has been welcomed as "a moving gesture of friendship".

Leaders from the Catholic landmark say they were "overwhelmed" to receive nealy £1,000 from Liverpool Cathedral after the break-in last week.

In a statement posted on Facebook, they said: "We were overwhelmed this week to receive a very special donation from our close neighbours and friends, Liverpool Cathedral."

A quantity of cash was stolen when money containers were broken into at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral in the early hours of last Wednesday.

 

Glass was also smashed during the break-in, which prompted Merseyside Police to conduct a forensic examination and explore CCTV footage opportunities.

The cathedral went on to say: "In response to our break-in, we were handed a cheque for £910.82, which came from their own visitor donations. A moving gesture of friendship and solidarity.

"A huge thank you to all the people who have sent in donations, along with those who have sent messages of support. It means so much to us."

Speaking at the time, the dean of the Metropolitan Cathedral, Canon Anthony O'Brien said people had been shocked by what had happened and he described the damage as "needless".

Anyone with information is being encouraged to contact Liverpool Criminal Investigation Department on 0151 777 4065, or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Mahon said: "It defies belief that thieves have stolen from a place of worship, causing damage to such a well valued building that will take time and money to repair."

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