VANDALS damaged a Bible in a church.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which took place in St Eustace Church, Ibberton, near Blandford.

It occurred between 11.30am on Sunday January 26 and 9.30am on Friday January 31.

Police Sergeant Matt Chutter, of Blandford Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "This was a malicious crime which damaged a valuable item and caused a lot of distress.

“I am keen to speak to anyone who has information that may help with the investigation.

“Any witnesses to suspicious behaviour in the area are asked to contact the police as soon as possible.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident numbers 31:148. Or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.