Blackburn metal thieves strip gothic church organ

The antique organ in situ at Holy Trinity Church in Mount Pleasant, Blackburn

The antique organ in situ at Holy Trinity Church in Mount Pleasant, Blackburn

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Crime reporter

AN antique church organ was completely dismantled when metal thieves ransacked the Grade II-listed building.

The break-in happened at Holy Trinity, in Mount Pleasant, Blackburn, when the thieves smashed a side window, took all of the organ’s internal metal parts and also snatched lead from the roof.

The gothic Anglican parish church, which is closed down, is now under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust because of its historic and cultural significnce.

Dawn Lancaster, from the trust, said the organ was thought to have come from the Hanover Square Rooms, London, where it was built in 1804. She said: “It is very sad that our heritage is being stolen and destroyed. These items are irreplaceable and are part of the story of Blackburn and of our national heritage.

“We are all made poorer by the actions of a few unscrupulous individuals.

“Therefore, we ask the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to the police.”

The church was created in the 19th century by the architect Edmund Sharpe. It has a flat-timber ceiling with 80 painted heraldic panels, mostly commemorating families who contributed to the construction.

This is not the first time it has been hit by vandals, with York paving stones being taken during a spate of thefts last year.

PC Andy Ronga appealed for anyone with information about the latest theft, which happened between March 18 and April 29, to call police. He said: “It is a great shame this theft has happened, as the architectural significance of the beautiful Holy Trinity Church building is an important piece of Blackburn’s history.

“The church’s pipe organ has also been completely dismantled. I would also ask residents to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity near their churches and other places of worship, as we think they may be being targeted for their metal.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting LC-20140429-0403, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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7:05pm Fri 9 May 14

wilddog says...

Scrots! Time the police hit the scrap dealers hard as these scum have to sell it somewhere!
Scrots! Time the police hit the scrap dealers hard as these scum have to sell it somewhere! wilddog
  • Score: 201

8:23pm Fri 9 May 14

onsidecobra says...

It's time to crush these people and crush their byers. I for one would turn a blind eye if Mr Policeman was a bit heavy handed in their investigations. Blackburn's heritage is slowly being stolen in front of our very eyes it would seem that we can do nothing about it. Or can we?
It's time to crush these people and crush their byers. I for one would turn a blind eye if Mr Policeman was a bit heavy handed in their investigations. Blackburn's heritage is slowly being stolen in front of our very eyes it would seem that we can do nothing about it. Or can we? onsidecobra
  • Score: 204

8:44pm Fri 9 May 14

Black Car Guy. says...

This is disgusting i hope they get caught.
This is disgusting i hope they get caught. Black Car Guy.
  • Score: 193

9:46pm Fri 9 May 14

expat pop says...

March 18 and April 29. Must be really precious if it was left unattended that long. A simple IP camera would have caught the thieves. Just who is responsible for our heritage.
March 18 and April 29. Must be really precious if it was left unattended that long. A simple IP camera would have caught the thieves. Just who is responsible for our heritage. expat pop
  • Score: 181

10:02pm Fri 9 May 14

sammy37 says...

Morons. No sense of value.
Morons. No sense of value. sammy37
  • Score: 188

10:39pm Fri 9 May 14

Artiefrancie says...

When I was a little girl I lived on Mount pleasant and our front door faced the church. Very sad that these historic items were stolen but why was the church not either protected or in use? It has just been sitting there empty and, it would seem, unprotected. Sign of the times?
When I was a little girl I lived on Mount pleasant and our front door faced the church. Very sad that these historic items were stolen but why was the church not either protected or in use? It has just been sitting there empty and, it would seem, unprotected. Sign of the times? Artiefrancie
  • Score: 178

10:46pm Fri 9 May 14

workaholic says...

Sad times we live in - our grandparents would turn in their graves if they could see what todays society has become !
Sad times we live in - our grandparents would turn in their graves if they could see what todays society has become ! workaholic
  • Score: 198

10:46pm Fri 9 May 14

ikap22 says...

Scumbags, turds.
Scumbags, turds. ikap22
  • Score: 163

11:02pm Fri 9 May 14

slants says...

I for one would turn a blind eye if Mr Policeman was a bit heavy handed in their investigations
maybe that's one of the reasons they wont get any response because of their heavy handedness in the past
I for one would turn a blind eye if Mr Policeman was a bit heavy handed in their investigations maybe that's one of the reasons they wont get any response because of their heavy handedness in the past slants
  • Score: 162

11:16pm Fri 9 May 14

Graham Hartley says...

Where was the ubiquitous God?
Where was the ubiquitous God? Graham Hartley
  • Score: -193

11:18pm Fri 9 May 14

Pyewacket2 says...

So have the Police checked out every legal and illegal or unauthorised travellers site to see whether there is any evidence to link to this crime
So have the Police checked out every legal and illegal or unauthorised travellers site to see whether there is any evidence to link to this crime Pyewacket2
  • Score: 185

11:24pm Fri 9 May 14

CorkyMac says...

I really believe people like these $hits won't have any luck, what goes around comes around In my eyes, especially when It comes to robbing a place of worship. Hope they get caught and the courts deal with them harshly If that's possible with our judicial system. Not much of a gamble these days robbing, when they plead hard luck stories and get a slap on the wrist. At least Karma might not be so forgiving.

By the way, I'm trying to place the church, where exactly Is Mount Pleasant?
I really believe people like these $hits won't have any luck, what goes around comes around In my eyes, especially when It comes to robbing a place of worship. Hope they get caught and the courts deal with them harshly If that's possible with our judicial system. Not much of a gamble these days robbing, when they plead hard luck stories and get a slap on the wrist. At least Karma might not be so forgiving. By the way, I'm trying to place the church, where exactly Is Mount Pleasant? CorkyMac
  • Score: 145

4:36am Sat 10 May 14

Pommie Art says...

Look behind the Gypo's caravans at Ewood then you may find the scum bags.
but they know the law is on there side after all the magistrates may also be getting a back hander from the uneducated Scum bags of Gypsies.
Look behind the Gypo's caravans at Ewood then you may find the scum bags. but they know the law is on there side after all the magistrates may also be getting a back hander from the uneducated Scum bags of Gypsies. Pommie Art
  • Score: 182

5:20am Sat 10 May 14

woolywords says...

Who is to say, that this wasn't an 'Act of God', apart from the Insurers?
Who is to say, that this wasn't an 'Act of God', apart from the Insurers? woolywords
  • Score: -189

8:47am Sat 10 May 14

Hughster2014 says...

Pommie id think twice before you write stupid stuff its peaple of your kind doin stuff like this to feed ther habbit (smack) so be4 u judge with your thick brain carm down
Pommie id think twice before you write stupid stuff its peaple of your kind doin stuff like this to feed ther habbit (smack) so be4 u judge with your thick brain carm down Hughster2014
  • Score: -180

9:41am Sat 10 May 14

Angusam says...

How desperate can you get.....

What is wrong with people today. No respect, no morals and no dignity to do something like this!!!
How desperate can you get..... What is wrong with people today. No respect, no morals and no dignity to do something like this!!! Angusam
  • Score: 177

10:49am Sat 10 May 14

sean_brfc says...

CorkyMac wrote:
I really believe people like these $hits won't have any luck, what goes around comes around In my eyes, especially when It comes to robbing a place of worship. Hope they get caught and the courts deal with them harshly If that's possible with our judicial system. Not much of a gamble these days robbing, when they plead hard luck stories and get a slap on the wrist. At least Karma might not be so forgiving.

By the way, I'm trying to place the church, where exactly Is Mount Pleasant?
Other side of Barbara Castle Way from Thwaites.
[quote][p][bold]CorkyMac[/bold] wrote: I really believe people like these $hits won't have any luck, what goes around comes around In my eyes, especially when It comes to robbing a place of worship. Hope they get caught and the courts deal with them harshly If that's possible with our judicial system. Not much of a gamble these days robbing, when they plead hard luck stories and get a slap on the wrist. At least Karma might not be so forgiving. By the way, I'm trying to place the church, where exactly Is Mount Pleasant?[/p][/quote]Other side of Barbara Castle Way from Thwaites. sean_brfc
  • Score: 72

12:39pm Sat 10 May 14

sen c b l says...

Graham Hartley wrote:
Where was the ubiquitous God?
He was preparing residence hell for these scums.

How else is it going to be occupied!
[quote][p][bold]Graham Hartley[/bold] wrote: Where was the ubiquitous God?[/p][/quote]He was preparing residence hell for these scums. How else is it going to be occupied! sen c b l
  • Score: -137

1:35pm Sat 10 May 14

vicn1956 says...

Where was God?
To keep it simple-He gave us free will to do bad things or obey him. There is a day of reckoning coming to all.
Where was God? To keep it simple-He gave us free will to do bad things or obey him. There is a day of reckoning coming to all. vicn1956
  • Score: 149

3:23pm Sat 10 May 14

CorkyMac says...

sean_brfc wrote:
CorkyMac wrote:
I really believe people like these $hits won't have any luck, what goes around comes around In my eyes, especially when It comes to robbing a place of worship. Hope they get caught and the courts deal with them harshly If that's possible with our judicial system. Not much of a gamble these days robbing, when they plead hard luck stories and get a slap on the wrist. At least Karma might not be so forgiving.

By the way, I'm trying to place the church, where exactly Is Mount Pleasant?
Other side of Barbara Castle Way from Thwaites.
Thanks Sean, I've got It pictured now.
[quote][p][bold]sean_brfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CorkyMac[/bold] wrote: I really believe people like these $hits won't have any luck, what goes around comes around In my eyes, especially when It comes to robbing a place of worship. Hope they get caught and the courts deal with them harshly If that's possible with our judicial system. Not much of a gamble these days robbing, when they plead hard luck stories and get a slap on the wrist. At least Karma might not be so forgiving. By the way, I'm trying to place the church, where exactly Is Mount Pleasant?[/p][/quote]Other side of Barbara Castle Way from Thwaites.[/p][/quote]Thanks Sean, I've got It pictured now. CorkyMac
  • Score: 66

5:11pm Sat 10 May 14

noddy57 says...

l once attended a wedding reception in this fine old church back in 1966 and the place was beautiful inside and out and when l see this cruel theft of an historic organ from 1804, it is heartbreaking and it can never be replaced and the thieving beggars if caught should be made an example of.these scrap yards need to be stricktly regulated and if found to be accepting stolen scrap they should be shut down.
l once attended a wedding reception in this fine old church back in 1966 and the place was beautiful inside and out and when l see this cruel theft of an historic organ from 1804, it is heartbreaking and it can never be replaced and the thieving beggars if caught should be made an example of.these scrap yards need to be stricktly regulated and if found to be accepting stolen scrap they should be shut down. noddy57
  • Score: 136

5:19pm Sat 10 May 14

moli says...

Artiefrancie wrote:
When I was a little girl I lived on Mount pleasant and our front door faced the church. Very sad that these historic items were stolen but why was the church not either protected or in use? It has just been sitting there empty and, it would seem, unprotected. Sign of the times?
Are you a big girl now?
[quote][p][bold]Artiefrancie[/bold] wrote: When I was a little girl I lived on Mount pleasant and our front door faced the church. Very sad that these historic items were stolen but why was the church not either protected or in use? It has just been sitting there empty and, it would seem, unprotected. Sign of the times?[/p][/quote]Are you a big girl now? moli
  • Score: -58

6:01pm Sat 10 May 14

Graham Hartley says...

vicn1956 wrote:
Where was God?
To keep it simple-He gave us free will to do bad things or obey him. There is a day of reckoning coming to all.
Neuroscience shows us that electrical stimulation of the brain in awake humans can produce speech, among much else. This suggests that human behaviour is determined by natural law and it becomes rather difficult to account for free will as a gift from God. The statement that humans have free will is only an effective theory which does not describe human behaviour in all circumstances. Read all sixty-six books in the Bible if you like, but for an account of free will constructed from natural evidence I can recommend just a couple of books. God will punish those who destroy his church in Blackburn - a judicious heart attack, perhaps?
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: Where was God? To keep it simple-He gave us free will to do bad things or obey him. There is a day of reckoning coming to all.[/p][/quote]Neuroscience shows us that electrical stimulation of the brain in awake humans can produce speech, among much else. This suggests that human behaviour is determined by natural law and it becomes rather difficult to account for free will as a gift from God. The statement that humans have free will is only an effective theory which does not describe human behaviour in all circumstances. Read all sixty-six books in the Bible if you like, but for an account of free will constructed from natural evidence I can recommend just a couple of books. God will punish those who destroy his church in Blackburn - a judicious heart attack, perhaps? Graham Hartley
  • Score: -147

6:29pm Sat 10 May 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

onsidecobra wrote:
It's time to crush these people and crush their byers. I for one would turn a blind eye if Mr Policeman was a bit heavy handed in their investigations. Blackburn's heritage is slowly being stolen in front of our very eyes it would seem that we can do nothing about it. Or can we?
Yes u can, vote UKIP!!!
[quote][p][bold]onsidecobra[/bold] wrote: It's time to crush these people and crush their byers. I for one would turn a blind eye if Mr Policeman was a bit heavy handed in their investigations. Blackburn's heritage is slowly being stolen in front of our very eyes it would seem that we can do nothing about it. Or can we?[/p][/quote]Yes u can, vote UKIP!!! Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 134

8:38pm Sat 10 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

Pyewacket2 wrote:
So have the Police checked out every legal and illegal or unauthorised travellers site to see whether there is any evidence to link to this crime
Yeah because there are cops on every street corner such is the abundance of their numbers nowadays.

Get a grip man and stop asking stupid questions.
[quote][p][bold]Pyewacket2[/bold] wrote: So have the Police checked out every legal and illegal or unauthorised travellers site to see whether there is any evidence to link to this crime[/p][/quote]Yeah because there are cops on every street corner such is the abundance of their numbers nowadays. Get a grip man and stop asking stupid questions. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -66

8:42pm Sat 10 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

Pommie Art wrote:
Look behind the Gypo's caravans at Ewood then you may find the scum bags.
but they know the law is on there side after all the magistrates may also be getting a back hander from the uneducated Scum bags of Gypsies.
What an utterly stupid and plain thick statement.

And what's even more disturbing is that 37 people "thumbs up" your stupid post.

Unbelievable!
[quote][p][bold]Pommie Art[/bold] wrote: Look behind the Gypo's caravans at Ewood then you may find the scum bags. but they know the law is on there side after all the magistrates may also be getting a back hander from the uneducated Scum bags of Gypsies.[/p][/quote]What an utterly stupid and plain thick statement. And what's even more disturbing is that 37 people "thumbs up" your stupid post. Unbelievable! Steven Seagull
  • Score: -150

8:55pm Sat 10 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
onsidecobra wrote:
It's time to crush these people and crush their byers. I for one would turn a blind eye if Mr Policeman was a bit heavy handed in their investigations. Blackburn's heritage is slowly being stolen in front of our very eyes it would seem that we can do nothing about it. Or can we?
Yes u can, vote UKIP!!!
That's a fair shout LP.
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]onsidecobra[/bold] wrote: It's time to crush these people and crush their byers. I for one would turn a blind eye if Mr Policeman was a bit heavy handed in their investigations. Blackburn's heritage is slowly being stolen in front of our very eyes it would seem that we can do nothing about it. Or can we?[/p][/quote]Yes u can, vote UKIP!!![/p][/quote]That's a fair shout LP. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -143

9:21am Sun 11 May 14

CeeBee85 says...

Hughster2014 wrote:
Pommie id think twice before you write stupid stuff its peaple of your kind doin stuff like this to feed ther habbit (smack) so be4 u judge with your thick brain carm down
*I'd. *It's. *People. *Doing. *Their. *Habit. *Before. *You. *Calm.
[quote][p][bold]Hughster2014[/bold] wrote: Pommie id think twice before you write stupid stuff its peaple of your kind doin stuff like this to feed ther habbit (smack) so be4 u judge with your thick brain carm down[/p][/quote]*I'd. *It's. *People. *Doing. *Their. *Habit. *Before. *You. *Calm. CeeBee85
  • Score: -122

9:58am Sun 11 May 14

Graham Hartley says...

CeeBee85 wrote:
Hughster2014 wrote:
Pommie id think twice before you write stupid stuff its peaple of your kind doin stuff like this to feed ther habbit (smack) so be4 u judge with your thick brain carm down
*I'd. *It's. *People. *Doing. *Their. *Habit. *Before. *You. *Calm.
Keep_Calm_And_Get_An
gry

ThE_rEd_ShEd_NeVeR_f
ElT_tHe_EnD

vOtE_uKiP
[quote][p][bold]CeeBee85[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hughster2014[/bold] wrote: Pommie id think twice before you write stupid stuff its peaple of your kind doin stuff like this to feed ther habbit (smack) so be4 u judge with your thick brain carm down[/p][/quote]*I'd. *It's. *People. *Doing. *Their. *Habit. *Before. *You. *Calm.[/p][/quote]Keep_Calm_And_Get_An gry ThE_rEd_ShEd_NeVeR_f ElT_tHe_EnD vOtE_uKiP Graham Hartley
  • Score: -133

11:02am Sun 11 May 14

vicn1956 says...

Graham Hartley-if the bible is nonsense then when we're dead we're dead and none of this matters. But if it's right then your theory will be given short shrift and you with it.
Graham Hartley-if the bible is nonsense then when we're dead we're dead and none of this matters. But if it's right then your theory will be given short shrift and you with it. vicn1956
  • Score: 120

1:20pm Sun 11 May 14

Graham Hartley says...

vicn1956 wrote:
Graham Hartley-if the bible is nonsense then when we're dead we're dead and none of this matters. But if it's right then your theory will be given short shrift and you with it.
vic, I've studied the ways of gods and of humans. I'm persuaded that what humans have discovered is the better account. Effective theory isn't just mine; rather, such models have been found useful in many cases which attract the attention of investigative humans. So lots of humans will feel the short end of God's shrift. Well, hell. vOtE_uKiP.
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: Graham Hartley-if the bible is nonsense then when we're dead we're dead and none of this matters. But if it's right then your theory will be given short shrift and you with it.[/p][/quote]vic, I've studied the ways of gods and of humans. I'm persuaded that what humans have discovered is the better account. Effective theory isn't just mine; rather, such models have been found useful in many cases which attract the attention of investigative humans. So lots of humans will feel the short end of God's shrift. Well, hell. vOtE_uKiP. Graham Hartley
  • Score: -119

2:00pm Sun 11 May 14

Graham Hartley says...

"Blackburn metal thieves strip gothic church organ"

LT convinced - on what evidence? - that the thieves are from Blackburn, and further that the church is gothic rather than gothic-revival as its period surely evinces.
"Blackburn metal thieves strip gothic church organ" LT convinced - on what evidence? - that the thieves are from Blackburn, and further that the church is gothic rather than gothic-revival as its period surely evinces. Graham Hartley
  • Score: -116

8:56pm Sun 11 May 14

vicn1956 says...

If there isn't a God why do you use his non-existent name?
If there isn't a God why do you use his non-existent name? vicn1956
  • Score: 103

10:11pm Sun 11 May 14

Graham Hartley says...

vicn1956 wrote:
If there isn't a God why do you use his non-existent name?
There are names for the non-existent. I can invent names, but the given names serve well enough. 'If there isn't a God...' is an interesting condition. The data are lacking to decide the matter, if we insist that He is part of the natural world. As One who exists as a character in the Bible, a novel, a sermon, music,... His future is assured. For me, the laws which describe the natural world don't count as such if they apply only when God doesn't interfere. The status of such laws is conditional, resting upon what they predict. Indeed, when phenomena are observed which can't be understood from current laws then those laws really must be changed or replaced if we are to continue the enterprise. If there exist 'God's laws' which subsume or circumvent what humans have discovered, there is no satisfying account of them in the principal source.
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: If there isn't a God why do you use his non-existent name?[/p][/quote]There are names for the non-existent. I can invent names, but the given names serve well enough. 'If there isn't a God...' is an interesting condition. The data are lacking to decide the matter, if we insist that He is part of the natural world. As One who exists as a character in the Bible, a novel, a sermon, music,... His future is assured. For me, the laws which describe the natural world don't count as such if they apply only when God doesn't interfere. The status of such laws is conditional, resting upon what they predict. Indeed, when phenomena are observed which can't be understood from current laws then those laws really must be changed or replaced if we are to continue the enterprise. If there exist 'God's laws' which subsume or circumvent what humans have discovered, there is no satisfying account of them in the principal source. Graham Hartley
  • Score: -102

9:57am Mon 12 May 14

vicn1956 says...

Good luck on that day. You'll need it.
Good luck on that day. You'll need it. vicn1956
  • Score: 107

3:40pm Mon 12 May 14

Graham Hartley says...

vicn1956 wrote:
Good luck on that day. You'll need it.
Thanks, vic, for your good wishes.
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: Good luck on that day. You'll need it.[/p][/quote]Thanks, vic, for your good wishes. Graham Hartley
  • Score: -98

2:47pm Tue 13 May 14

vicn1956 says...

I hope you reconsider
I hope you reconsider vicn1956
  • Score: 73

3:28pm Tue 13 May 14

Graham Hartley says...

vicn1956 wrote:
I hope you reconsider
Yet what an odd community I'd be joining, when I see that my common thanks for your good wishes (above) attracts twenty-seven thumb-down scores.

What would oblige me to reconsider is evidence - say, God showing up now rather than in bronze-age Palestine.
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: I hope you reconsider[/p][/quote]Yet what an odd community I'd be joining, when I see that my common thanks for your good wishes (above) attracts twenty-seven thumb-down scores. What would oblige me to reconsider is evidence - say, God showing up now rather than in bronze-age Palestine. Graham Hartley
  • Score: -74

9:16pm Tue 13 May 14

Graham Hartley says...

vicn1956 wrote:
Good luck on that day. You'll need it.

GH Thanks, vic, for your good wishes.

Such a common exchange, now thought by some here worthy of forty-seven thumb-down scores. Keep going - can you muster a hundred?
vicn1956 wrote: Good luck on that day. You'll need it. GH Thanks, vic, for your good wishes. Such a common exchange, now thought by some here worthy of forty-seven thumb-down scores. Keep going - can you muster a hundred? Graham Hartley
  • Score: -54

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