POLICE are investigating the theft of a five feet tall brass lectern from Bishops Tawton Baptist Church. The lectern, which is shaped like an eagle with open wings (for picture go to: www.northdevongazette.co.uk), went missing on Saturday between 11am and 2.30pm. It is believed that it could have taken two people to carry it out. Neighbourhood Beat Manager, PC Glyn Clark, said: "I am shocked and appalled... but I believe this strong, community-minded village will have residents willing to come forward to assist us in our enquiries." Julie Mackie, who regularly read from the lectern, said: "There's been a church here since the 11th century and it is one of the few that has faith enough to stay open for people to visit," she said. "But we may have to rethink now."Contact police on 08452 777444 or Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111, quoting crime reference number CB\/08\/2472.