Burglars broke into an historic Wiltshire abbey during the night and stole several ornaments, police have said.

Officers responded to reports of a burglary at Malmesbury Abbey on Thursday morning.

Several items, including goblets and ornaments, were missing and money from inside the religious site's charity box had been taken. 

Police are investigating and are urging anyone with information that could help find those responsible to get in touch.

A Wiltshire Police spokesperson said: "Officers are investigating following a burglary at Malmesbury Abbey overnight.

"At around 10am on November 16, officers responded after being informed that a number of items inside the abbey, including goblets and ornaments, had been stolen.

"Money from inside the abbey’s charity box was also stolen.

"Our enquiries are ongoing.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact us on 101 quoting reference number 54230121403."

The abbey is a major parish church founded in the 7th century and features a sculpture completed in the 12th century sculpture.

With fabric dating from 1180, the Grade One listed building is an architectural landmark and the burial place of Athelstan (894 – 939), the first English king.

Last year, it was one of 11 sites in Wiltshire to be added to Historic England’s 2022 Heritage at Risk Register because of their deteriorating condition.