The theft of an angel’s statue from a nativity scene has sparked disgust in Portsmouth.
The 3ft-high Angel Gabriel was stolen from the market in Commercial Road.
As an appeal was made for the return of the statue, the theft was condemned by city residents.
Among those commenting on The News Facebook page was Shanica Skye Kirby, who asked: ‘Why do people have to ruin Christmas for people? The display won’t be the same without the angel.’
DeeAnn Rose said: ‘Why is there no cctv in the middle of Commercial Road? How sad that people have to ruin it for others.’
Anthony Raymond Heywood said: ‘Makes me sick.’ And Jeff Clark asked: ‘Is nothing sacred?!’
A tweet posted yesterday by the Town Centre Managers read: ‘Missing person alert. The Angel Gabriel has disappeared from the City Centre market. Any info on whereabouts appreciated. #portsmouth #angel’
Joanne Peak, who manages the market for Global Events, said: ‘It’s a shame because I’ve noticed a group of children looking at the Nativity and it’s not there, it’s quite sad.
‘There’s security on at night times and during the day we are looking out for it.
‘We just want it to be returned, no questions asked. Just hand it back to us. It’s not fair on Jesus.’
Anyone who sees the statue is asked to return it to Portsmouth Central police station in Winston Churchill Avenue.