BURGLARS who smashed their way into a rural chuch, desecrated the altar and ate food destined for the old and the needy.
Police are now asking for the public's help to catch the yobs who broke into St. Augustine’s Church on Busker Lane, Scissett.
The thieves got into the church by smashing a rear window.
Once inside the building, they grabbed a large brass cross and hauled it from the altar and moved it to the back of the church.
Food donated by the congregation for their Harvest Festival was also opened, eaten and the empty cans and packets left in the church.
The attack happened between Thursday, October 6 and today, Tuesday, October 11.
Kirkburton & Denby Dale Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) will be increasing their patrols in the Scissett area.
PC Sally Baines from the NPT said, "To target a church, damage it, then handle and move about important religious items about is totally disrespectful.
"We are appealing to the local community for any information about this crime - did anybody see anyone acting suspiciously in the area of the church between those dates? Or hanging around the church grounds? If so, please call the NPT on 0845 60 60 606. Your information could be vital."