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£100,000 of religious artefacts stolen from the University of Sussex chapel

A dozen items were stolen, including two silver chalices

Sussex Police are appealing for information after someone stole £100,000 worth of religious artefacts from the University of Sussex chapel, on Friday 7th December.

Between 1.50pm and 2.20pm, the thief forced himself through locked doors and containers into the university’s Meeting House, before stealing a dozen religious items.

Some of the artefacts reported missing include silver chalices, two of which were designed by the notable sculptor, Hans Coper.

It is reported the thief carried the stolen items in a black rucksack, before running towards the university’s nearby Pevensey building.

Police have described the suspect as being around six foot tall, mixed race, in his thirties, and bald with facial hair. He was seen wearing a blue puffer jacket over a grey top, alongside grey tracksuit bottoms and Nike trainers.

If anyone has any information regarding the burglary, the suspect, or the items missing, please email Sussex Police on [email protected] or to phone 101, quoting serial 806 of 10/12.

You can also call Crimestoppers, at, or call them anonymously on 0800 555 111.