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Last Updated: Friday, 14 October 2005, 11:51 GMT 12:51 UK
Patron of lost items found again
St Anthony of Padua
Raiders took the 100-year-old statue of St Anthony of Padua
A congregation is celebrating the unexpected return of their statue of the patron saint of lost items.

The statue of Saint Anthony, which has stood at St Peter's and All Souls, Park Road, Peterborough since 1896, was stolen two and a half months ago.

Now it has been returned after a couple found the statue in a rubbish tip.

Fr David Jennings, parish priest, said: "We had given up hope of ever getting the statue back and put in an insurance claim and next day it was returned."

The statue is damaged and needs cleaning and restoring before going back into the church.

The large Italian and Indian communities who use the church both revere the Portuguese saint who was also a preacher and theologian in the 12th Century.

He is the patron saint of many causes, but is best known for helping people recover lost or stolen items.

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