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Images releases of church items recovered in Operation Icarus

West Mercia Police have released images of items they are working to identify, that are believed to have been stolen from churches around the country.

This complex investigation, named Operation Icarus, has been running since 2013 and a number of the items recovered have been already reunited with their owners. However, a large number are still outstanding and police are working to identify their origins.

Seventeen items have currently been identified and returned to various locations around the country including Devon, Suffolk, Herefordshire and South Yorkshire.

Detective Inspector Martyn Barnes said:

"Some of the items that have been taken are described as priceless because they are unique. Some of them may fetch tens of thousands pounds on the black market; others go for £50, £60. We believe that some of these crimes date back to 2002-2003 so we're urging anyone who recognises the items, even if from a number of years ago, to come forward by calling 101."

A 50-year-old man from Wales has been arrested on suspicion of theft in relation with the incidents and is currently on bail until Thursday 30th July.

For more information on the recovered items, officers will be appearing on The One Show on BBC 1 on Tuesday 16th June from 7pm and The Crime Watch Road Show on Thursday 18th June from 9:15am.

Anyone who recognises any of the items featured is urged to call West Mercia Police on 101, quoting Operation Icarus.

Issued: Monday 15th June, Sophie Flynn, Corporate Communications

Published 15/06/15