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Theft mars christening

16 February 2012

by Nigel Burnham

A VICAR in County Durham was robbed while she was conducting a christening last week.

The Revd Lissa Gibbons, Vicar of St Matthew and St Luke, Darling­ton, discovered, after a christening service for four children, which ended at 1.20 p.m. on Sunday, that jewellery, her mobile phone, and a purse containing bank cards and £40 in cash had been stolen from her handbag.

Three watches — one a Gucci given to her by a friend who had since died — were also taken from her handbag in the vestry.

“I feel very upset and let down,” Mrs Gibbons told the Darlington & Stockton Times. “It was a happy occasion where we were welcoming these children into the Church. It is not just bad for me: it is also horrible for the families who have had their special day used in that way. . . It was a very mean crime which caused a lot of incon­venience.

“I spent all afternoon cancelling my cards — and I even rang the phone that was taken to ask for it back. It’s an old phone, not worth very much, but it has pictures and other things on it which I haven’t backed up and which have great sentimental value to me. The whole experience has been very upsetting.”

The police in County Durham are appealing for anyone with any information about the theft to contact them on 0845 606 0365.

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