POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a bride’s engagement ring was stolen from the church on her wedding day in Wisborough Green.
The 32-year-old victim had left the ring in the handbag of a bridesmaid in the porch of St Peter ad Vincula, off Billingshurst Road, on Saturday (7 June).
The bag was stolen as Caroline Marshall, 32, and James Granshaw, 29, said their vows.
Between 2.30pm and 3pm the black L.K.Bennett handbag with a gold clasp was taken from the outside porch. As well as the engagement ring, the bag contained a white iPhone 5c in a coral pink case and make-up.
The platinum ring is worth £6,000 and features a sapphire and diamonds on the band.
Mr Granshaw, a qualified barrister and legal adviser at Waverley Borough Council in Surrey, worked with ethical jewellers to design the ring.
A police spokesman said: “We have searched the grounds of the church but have found no trace of the bag or any of its contents.
“We have been able to trace the movement of the iPhone’s signal to the centre of Brighton but do not know where it or the ring have ended up.
“The ring is very distinctive so we hope that if someone is offered the chance to buy it in particular they will recognise it as stolen.
“The memory of the theft will scar the bride’s wedding day so we want to at least partially rectify this by reuniting her with her engagement ring.”
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 1265 of 7/6, email email@example.com or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.