3:47pm Thursday 30th December 2010
By Anna Roberts
Brighton might be Britain’s most Godless city, but an East Sussex village is sans Jesus.
Soulless thieves have stolen a baby Jesus figurine from a church in Sidley near Bexhill.
The un-Godley thieves also attempted to make off with Joseph and a sheep but were forced to drop their loot when challenged by Father Trevor Buxton.
Joseph and the sheep have since been returned to Mary and the rest of the Nativity. But the statuette of the infant Lord, pinched from his crib outside All Saints Church, All Saints Lane, is still missing.
Sussex Police were called to reports of three teenage boys removing a figurine of Joseph, a sheep and baby Jesus shortly after 6pm on Wednesday.
The youths ran off towards Ninfield Road.
Sergeant Tricia Reeve-Fowkes said: “This Nativity crib has been at All Saints Church for many years.
“This is the first time that the figures have been stolen and the members of the church are very upset that this has happened.”
The missing figurine is described as 15 inches long, made of hardboard, flat in the shape of an infant and is painted bright red, yellow and blue.
There is no detailed description of the three teenage boys other than one boy was wearing a grey tracksuit.
If anyone has any knowledge of the whereabouts of the missing figurine please contact Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 quoting serial 1185 of 29/12 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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