Police believe furniture stolen in Rogate was sold at Fontwell

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Have you bought these coffin stools?

Sussex Police are trying to trace a member of the public who bought two coffin stools at Fontwell Market, not realising that they had recently been stolen from a local church.

The stools were taken from St Peter’s Church in Terwick on October 7. The burglars made off with a small ornamental table, which had been donated by a local parishioner in member of her late husband, and the two coffin stools.

Enquiries revealed the stools - thought to be worth about £1,000 each - were sold at Fontwell Market about two weeks ago.

A police spokesperson said: “We believe the stools were bought in good faith and the person who purchased them had no idea they were stolen. However, they’re of great sentimental value to the church, who would be extremely grateful for their return.

“If you are the person that bought the stools then we would ask you to contact police on 101, quoting serial 1239 of 7 October.”

Three men from Midhurst, aged 32, 21 and 65, have been arrested in connection with the burglary and released on police bail until next month.