A CHURCH will be closed to the public outside of services until further notice after an intruder smashed their way in and rifled through its office.
The intruder broke into St Mary's Church, Tickhill, and broke a window overnight on Saturday, a police spokeswoman said.
Police believe that a short time later, a door was forced open at Tickhill Methodist Church on Northgate.
It is not yet known if anything was taken, however, police believe the incidents to be linked.
A notice on the front of St Mary's Church says that, due to the recent break-in, until internal safety and security works have been carried out the church will be closed outside of services, funerals and Christmas events.
The notice says the church hopes to be open again soon.
Police are investigating the break-ins and are asking anyone with information to contact 101 quoting crime reference numbers 14/188485/19 and 14/188515/19.
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