Thieves have stolen 21 ancient human skulls from St. Leonard’s Church in Hythe, Kent, in the United Kingdom.
In a statement provided by Kent Police, the Rev. Andrew Sweeney described the theft as “shocking and unsettling.” He added, “Each skull represents the mortal remains of a human being who deserves to rest in peace.”
Police said that a lock on one of the church’s doors was damaged sometime between 4 p.m. Sunday, July 15 and 10:40 a.m. the following day.
The skulls taken from the church are believed to be over 700 years old.
Inspector Maxine Harris described the crime as “unusual” and reminded people that the skulls on display “were not free for the taking.” Harris is urging anyone who may have noticed suspicious activity around the church during the aforementioned time the theft might have taken place to come forward and share what they know.
Harris is also urging the public to let the police know if they see any of the stolen skulls being put up for sale.
St. Leonard’s Church in Hythe, Kent, is famous for having the “largest and best-preserved collection of ancient human bones and skulls in Britain,” according to VisitKent.
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Source: Christian Post