A SILVER cross and a pair of silver candlesticks on loan from Ripon Cathedral have been stolen from a medieval hall.

North Yorkshire police are appealing for information after the burglary at Markenfield Hall, a 14th century moated manor house, near Ripon.

They were taken sometime overnight between Sunday January 6 and Monday January 7.

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Also taken during the burglary was a silver gondola-shaped toast rack and a small quantity of cash.

PC Chris Hind, of Harrogate CID, said: “This burglary occurred in a fairly remote location, so any sightings of suspicious people or vehicles could be vital to the investigation.

“The items stolen are extremely difficult to replace and hold great value to the owners of the hall and of course to Ripon Cathedral.

“If you have any information that can help with our inquiries or have been offered the stolen items for sale, please contact the police or Crimestoppers as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 and ask for Chris Hind or Harrogate CID.