Three church bells recovered in Manchester

Oct. 22, 2007 at 3:15 PM
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MANCHESTER, England, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Three church bells stolen from Merton have been recovered hundreds of miles away in Manchester, England.

The bells, worth around $60,900, were stolen from a workshop where they were being refurbished for the All Saints Church, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday.

Police said they found the 70 percent copper bells at an address in Manchester and they were transferred to a holding area at the Leigh police station while awaiting transportation back to the workshop.

"This is fantastic news," churchwarden Mike Ford told The Daily Telegraph. "It was totally unexpected but we've seen the pictures and we are very confident they are the same bells."

Police say the theft was likely an attempt to sell off the bells as scrap metal.

The British Transport Police describes metal theft as its "top priority" after combating terrorism.

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