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Police seek information on Victorian item stolen from Southwell Minster

Nottinghamshire Police are requesting information which may lead to the retrieval of an important item of ecclesiastical clothing, stolen from the vestry of Southwell Minster on Easter Sunday.

The hood of the cope, needle-crafted by ladies of the Diocese of Southwell in 1896 for Bishop Ridding – the first Bishop of Southwell – was removed following the main Eucharist service and has been missing ever since.
 
The cope was designed in the style of the late 15th century and comprises cream silk damask decorated with sprays of flowers, stars and fleur-de-lys worked in gold thread.
 
The Dean, the Very Revd Nicola Sullivan says: “The Minster’s staff were all deeply upset to discover the cope hood stolen from the vestry on Easter day. It has been worn by successive diocesan Bishops on special occasions for over 130 years and while it has little value to anyone else it is precious in the history of this diocese. We are grateful to the police for continuing their investigation.”
 
If anyone has information about the missing hood please dial 101, ask for Nottinghamshire Police and quote incident number 453.

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