CALLOUS thieves stole money and jewellery from a woman’s handbag while she prayed in the chapel of a hospital.
Police have now issued CCTV images of two people they want to speak to in connection with the theft at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.
A 64-year-old woman went to the chapel to pray, and put her bag down on a table.
A man and women who entered the chapel shortly after were seen to remove £180 cash and a gold crucifix from the bag.
PCSO David Lines said: ‘The rare 24 carat crucifix was on a gold chain.
‘The pendant opens and contains small pieces of wood, believed by the victim to be pieces of the original crucifix itself. This item holds extremely high sentimental value to the victim.
‘This is a rare occurrence due to the location, there were a number of people walking past at the time of the theft.’
It happened at around 2.15pm on November 11, but police have only just released the details.
Anyone with information should call PCSO Lines at Cosham police station on 101.
You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.