Dismay as banner is stolen near Havant church

Attacker followed his victim for a mile before assault in city alleyway

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ORGANISERS of a new craft fair say they are saddened that a banner has mysteriously gone missing.

Organisers of Handmade in Havant Art and Craft Market put up the banner on railings next to St Faith’s Church, in West Street.

But within 36 hours the 18in by 36in banner had been taken down.

Jacqui North, 49, organises the craft market to give local artists and artisans a chance to show off their talents.

She believes her banner, which cost £40, was targeted as others were left up in the area.

Mrs North, from Chidham, said: ‘The market is using St Faith’s Hall.

‘It’s falling to pieces and this is giving it a bit of life and encouraging local people.

‘There has been fantastic arts and crafts and giving them a chance to show they can do.

‘It’s a shame that the banner was taken down. We were very proud of it.’

The banner was stolen between September 3 and 4. The next craft market is on October 13 from 10am to 3pm.