Minister’s bag of memories stolen from Long Lawford church

Rev. Clive Fowle  (Long Lawford Methodist Church), recently had his bag stolen, at the close of his Sunday Morning Service.

Rev. Clive Fowle (Long Lawford Methodist Church), recently had his bag stolen, at the close of his Sunday Morning Service.

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A minister in Long Lawford had his bag containing precious memories stolen durig his Sunday church service.

The Rev Clive Fowle said the black bag contained a camera with family photographs and pictures from his peace missions to Croatia.

It was taken from Long Lawford Methodist Church in School Street at 12.30pm.

“It is upsetting because of the sentimental value of the contents,” said Mr Fowle, who had just taken the service when the theft happened.

“The bag was left just inside the church but I don’t think it was any of the congregation.”

As well as the Cassio Exilium 270 camera, it also contained an iPad dongle, a quantity of medication and Croatian currency.

The haul was worth about £200.

Mr Fowle said: “It also had a lot of stuff relating to my peace work in Croatia and to my work as a minister.

“Those sentimental items can’t be replaced and I am upset about it.”

He said a boy was spotted near the church at the time of the theft.

“The teenager was seen walking away at that time, but I don’t know any more,” added Mr Fowle.

“I do forgive who did this but it would be nice if I could get the irreplaceable bits back, that would mean nothing to anybody else.”

Mr Fowle said it would be good to be able to work with the person responsible.

“I think the person who did it would benefit from restorative work. We have a popular, lively youth club at the church that runs once a week at Long Lawford Methodist Church. The group gets a lot out of it.”

Sgt Stuart Powell, of Rugby Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: “This is an opportunist theft of property, most of which has no value to anyone else other than the owner. If anyone sees a bag matching the one described or has any information on this theft to contact Rugby Police on (01788) 853851.”