Theft from Church Crypt in Hythe, Kent

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: July 16, 2018

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith


Thieves broke a lock and stole 21 ancient skulls from the ossuary crypt of St. Leonard's Church in Kent sometime between July 15th and 16th. The church, known as the "church with the bones" houses the largest bone collection in the UK, including 700 year old remains of the people who died in the Battle of Hastings.

Reverend Andrew Sweeney called the crime 'shocking and unsettling' in a statement issued by police. "Each skull represents the mortal remains of a human being who deserves to rest in peace."


Source: BBC and The Daily Mail