CHRIST has been stolen from a village nativity scene — but Mary, Joseph and the Three Wise Men will return.
Whiston residents raised concerns about the disappearing figures, with some fearing thieves had struck.
Parish council chairman Cllr Rob Brown set the record straight — confirming that the Jesus doll had been pinched but said the nativity scene would be back.
“It’s been taken away because we had an electricity problem, supplying electricity to the tree which is not illuminated at the minute,” he said.
“We have commissioned an electrical company to repair the electricity supply. When that’s done this week, it will be reinstated.”
The scene featured eight figures, including an illuminated Mary, Joseph and The Three Wise Men.
Cllr Brown said: “Jesus was stolen on December 2, the night we switched the lights on.
“He was found in the nearby brook and fished out by someone but he was gone again by the Tuesday.
“It’s only a doll so we haven’t contacted the police as we don’t want to waste their time.”
He added: “When the figurines return they will be bolted down to a base plate so they can’t be lifted.”
The Christmas lights switch-on had been hugely successful, said Mr Brown, with around 3,000 attending.