The Provost of a historic Aberdeen cathedral has spoken of his sadness after it was targeted by thieves.
Police have appealed for information after equipment was stolen during a break-in at St Andrews Cathedral.
Thieves struck at the place of worship on King Street between 8pm on Thursday and 8.30am on Friday. A guitar, voice synthesiser and projector, which were worth more than £1,000, were taken from the building, which dates back to 1817.
The Very Revd Dr Isaac Poobalan, the cathedral’s Provost, said: “Initially we were shocked at the scale of the damage. When it happened it was an absolute horror.
“The police were very good. They made it a bit easier to deal with.
“We think the thieves were just looking for money. I feel sad. Clearly it is someone’s son or daughter who has been troubled enough to do this.
“There’s a collective responsibility that we all should share and we are doing all we can to support people.”
Councillor Ryan Houghton, who represents the George Street and Harbour ward, said: “My thoughts are with the staff at the church.
“It’s really quite sad to see, we have churches that by in large do great things for the community, and to be faced with a theft is disappointing. I’m shocked and saddened that this has happened, and I encourage anyone who has any information to come forward.”
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Councillor Dell Henrickson, who also represents the area, added: “It’s terrible that something like this should happen.”
PC Rachel Cruden, who is leading the inquiry, said: “This is a busy area and I would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious during the time in question, or who has been offered such items for sale, to get in touch as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or call Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.
Last year, trustees at St Andrews launched a cathedral development plan for 2020, outlining plans to ensure the church is open and accessible to everyone. It was hoped £20,000 would be raised to create a cathedral song school, a dedicated space for youth work, better catering facilities and a new office space.