A statue of the baby Jesus has been stolen from a nativity scene on the roof of a pub in Staffordshire.
Mary and Joseph have been left alone after thieves scaled The Gatehouse pub in Clayton in Newcastle-under-Lyme and took the plaster statue of the new-born king. They also stole a shepherd.
Staffordshire Police said they believed thieves had taken the 15in (38cms)
figure of Jesus and a 2ft (60cms) high statue of a shepherd on Saturday night. The crib had been loaned to the pub from the nearby Our Lady and St Werburgh's Church.
Father Anton Madej said: "I'm shocked and so very sad this has happened."
He added: "Jesus was born in the manger at the inn, the equivalent of a pub
today, so it was good that we could work together to do this as a goodwill
gesture for the community. It's just a shame it has been ruined by a small minority."