A church in Stockport has put out a CCTV appeal after a Santa Clause decoration was 'abducted'.
The decoration, which sat in the porchway of St George's Church on Buxton Road, was stolen on Sunday night (December 12), the church said.
After a similar Father Christmas decoration was stolen last year, his feet had been fastened together to prevent the same thing happening again.
But the church said someone cut the cable ties and made off with Santa while a recital was taking place inside.
St George's have now asked the M.E.N the share a CCTV picture, which appears to show a person holding the decoration, in a bid to 'save Santa'.
A post on their Facebook page on Monday said: "Last night the Father Christmas who was part of our decorations in the entrance porch was stolen.
"These were done to make a cheery and festive welcome into church especially for the children.
"His 'twin' brother was stolen last year so this year we fastened his feet with cable ties to the base.
"But last night while there was a recital in church the ties were cut and he was abducted.
"If anyone sees a Santa with long extendable legs abandoned anywhere or you know where to find him, we would be very pleased to have him back, no questions asked. Thank you."
In a further update on Tuesday, the church posted a CCTV image and said: "Further to the abduction of our Father Christmas from the porch doorway, here is the person who kindly helped themselves to our decoration, making away with him at 9.30 pm on Sunday night as we were cleaning the church after an organ recital.
"We would be very happy to see him returned if someone has a conscience."