Thieves stole tributes to the town's fallen Second World War heroes in a sickening raid on an Irvine church.

Irvine's Old Parish Church was broken into and ransacked between Friday morning with parishioners expressing their outrage over the weekend.

The church has since released an old photograph of one of three vases stolen in the raid - which were donated to the church in tribute to the town's fallen.

A spokesperson said: "Under cover of darkness, the church received uninvited guests who broke into the building by kicking open the door on the east side of the church. They made their way to the vestry and ransacked it. There was other minor damage to the property.

Irvine Times: The church released a photograph of one of the stolen vasesThe church released a photograph of one of the stolen vases

"The intruders did make off with some booty - three silver fluted flower vases, which were part of a set donated to the church after Second World War as a memorial to those Irvinites who made the ultimate sacrifice during that conflict. 

“Whilst the property can be tidied and repaired, one has to wonder about certain individuals sense of respect for the sanctity of a place of worship and for their idea of the unity of our community during this pandemic.”

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