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Lion and lamb prove too hot to handle

<Carved wooden pew ends of a lion and a lamb, stolen in the early 1970s froSt Nicholas's, Denston, in Suffolk, turned up for sale on eBay lasweek.
 
Simon Knott, a Suffolk churchgoer who runs the website www.suffolkchurches.co.uk, spottethem, and alerted the Revd Ian Finn, Rector of Bansfield, whose beneficincludes Denston.
 
Mr Finn contacted the broker who was selling thitems on behalf of a couple in Ohio, in the United States, and the sale wastopped.
 
Speaking on Tuesday, Mr Finn said that the couple hainnocently bought the items from an Ipswich antique shop in 1972. "Of coursethey were very helpful once they knew the story and realised our claim walegitimate. They immediately offered to return the carvings tus."
 
He said that everyone at the church was aware of the missinpew ends - a further four are still unaccounted for - and had even beeconsidering plans to replace them.
 
Each pew end depicts an animaand is a pair. Mr Finn said that their material value was irrelevant: theitrue value was the fact they were part of the church's heritage.
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