Thieves steal 116-year-old Tregeagle church bell

THIEVES have stolen the Tregeagle Anglican Church bell and the wooden post it was attached to some time between November 8 and 22.

The bell, about 30cm in diameter and weighing 20 kilograms usually hangs from a three metre-high post between the church and the road.

It was rung at the beginning of every service at St Peter and St Paul's Anglican Church.

The warden Colin Arnett noticed it was gone at the last service on November 22.

"I got to the church out there and somebody had stolen it ... Church is there on the second and fourth Sundays each month so I don't know when it was stolen exactly," he said.

"It was on a big wooden post, three metres long, and it had been cut off at nearly ground level."

Dorothy Davis, whose husband is the grandson of the man who donated land to the church when it was first built, said the community was in shock.

"We just wonder what benefit it would be to somebody else to have it ... it was a shock to think it stood there all these years, never interfered with and all of a sudden it's gone," she said.

The incident was reported to the police but there are no leads so far.

The Anglican Church and its bell are 116 years old.

If anyone has seen the bell or knows who took it, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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