A statue of Jesus Christ has been stolen from a church in Hampshire in a "disturbing" incident.
The 4ft risen Christ was removed from the wall of St Swithun's in Yateley last Saturday afternoon, where it had been for 20 years.
It was later recovered but was stolen again later the same day, with the statue's left arm being broken off.
Fr Dominic Adeiza labelled the theft as "audacious" and called on those responsible to return the item.
He said: "This is quite disturbing and a complete disrespect of our faith.
"It is totally unacceptable and a poor reflection to people's views on faith.
"I urge them to bring it back, we can forgive them and move on."
He added that the statue was not thought to be of significant value and that he suspected vandals were behind the theft.
Pc Philip Heath, of Hampshire police, said: "This was a serious incident that has affected the whole community and we would ask anyone with information to contact police as soon as possible."
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