CRUEL thieves have stolen a wheelchair used to help disabled parishioners attend services at a Wigan church.
A metal crucifix was also taken by the offenders when they broke into from St Wilfrids Church on Church Street.
The thefts happened sometime between 12pm on Monday February 17 and 9am on Friday February 21.
The crucifix was stolen from the altar, along with the Roma wheelchair which is used to help disabled and frail parishioners during church services.
Police are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward.
Sergeant Dave Johnston said: “The church is a fulcrum for this community. It stands right in the heart of the area and is a much-loved and much-used facility for so many people.
“I am simply at a loss to understand why someone would stoop so low as to steal a wheelchair used to help disabled and frail people pay their respects. It is as cowardly an act as I have seen.
“It would have very limited monetary value but the affect it would have on those who genuinely need to attend church is devastating. Similarly, the crucifix itself would not bring a thief much cash but its religious importance for the church and those who worship here is enormous.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.