Religious artwork stolen from Orkney's Italian Chapel replaced
Part of the Chapel’s Stations of the Cross display was taken between August 6 and August 8.
Three wooden plaques stolen from Orkney’s famous Italian chapel have been replaced.
Sections of the Chapel’s Stations of the Cross display were taken between August 6 and 8.
Police have so far failed to trace the missing panels despite a "huge" public response to the crime.
John Muir, secretary of the Chapel Preservation Committee, said the chapel would install CCTV cameras to prevent future thefts.
Mr Muir said: “The new plaques have been delivered, they’re wonderfully carved. They were made by a man with the firm who carved the originals.
“There is just no progress at all with the original plaques. I think it’s very, very unlikely they will be recovered. We’re going to put in CCTV cameras and eventually we’ll get full-time custodians at the site.
"I don’t think churches are any more respected than any other building these days."
The creator of the carvings, which were a gift from Chapel designer Domenico Chiocchetti, were installed at the chapel in 1967.
The chapel was built by Italian prisoners of war during the Second World War and has become a popular tourist attraction.
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