Ukrainian funds stolen in burglary of Russian Orthodox Church in Oxford | Oxford

A Russian Orthodox church in Oxford was broken into and several valuables were stolen, including a collection intended to support refugees from Ukraine.

St Nicholas’ Church in Oxford was ransacked in the early hours of Saturday, Archpriest Stephen Platt said, and the church safe and piggy banks were forced open.

He wrote on Facebook: “I am sorry to report that in the early hours of Saturday March 12, the Church of St Nicholas the Wonderful in Oxford was robbed. Much damage was caused, the Holy Altar was ransacked and various objects were stolen, including sacred relics, crosses and altar vessels.

“Fortunately, although the holy table was disturbed, the antimension and the tabernacle containing the Holy Gifts were not disturbed. The church safe and the piggy banks were violently forced open, and the Proceeds from a collection to support refugees from Ukraine were stolen, the church book stand was broken into and an inventory was taken.

He added: “The police have been notified and are investigating. Please keep our church and parish in your prayers.

Thames Valley Police are investigating.

The church, at Ferry Road, is a parish of the Russian Orthodox Church. It is believed that there are up to 90,000 Russian Orthodox worshipers in the UK.

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