Thief takes painting after church service

| February 4, 2012

THE WORLD'S oldest wooden church refuses to lock its doors, despite having a unique 16th century painting stolen.

St Andrew's Church, in Greensted, was targeted by thieves who made away with a painting depicting the martyrdom of St Edmund.

The piece, which has been at the church for over 60 years, was taken on Sunday, January 22, after the Sunday morning service.

Church warden David Tester described the theft as "beyond comprehension", but insisted the church will stay open to visitors.

"We will not lock the church," he said, "it's far too important a church to be locked. A lot of people come here."

Mr Tester is unsure of the painting's worth, but says it was of great sentimental value to the church.

"It is unique, there is nothing like it at all. It's a one-off, completely and utterly unique.

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