A Hindu community has been “hit hard” after a thief stole three sacred idols from a Willesden temple the day after they celebrated the New Year.
Police are looking into a burglary at Shree Swaminarayan Temple on Friday (November 9) at 1.50am, when one thief broke through a door and made off with three “beloved” Hari Krishna idols and cash.
The temple had just finished Hindu New Year celebrations the day before and regulars are now urging the wider community to keep a keen eye out.
Umang Jeshani, a member of the temple’s committee, said: “The idols have been with us since 1975, when the temple first opened.
“They were handed down to us from our mother temple in Bhuj in Gujarat. They are used for rituals and have had huge impact on the Hindu community.
“We have had a lot of support from communities around the UK, it has hit the community quite hard, it’s quite a shock.”
Umang admitted he isn’t sure what the burglar’s intention was as the idols are not worth a lot of money.
The temple is asking neighbours to look out for “anything suspicious” and to tell police if they think they have any useful information.
If you have any information about this incident, call police on 101 quoting 505/9NOV or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.