A life-size bronze crucifix was stolen from All Saints Church in Gosforth.
Police in Newcastle are appealing for information. The crucifix was stolen overnight on May 12.
The six-foot high crucifix was on display since 1965, outside the church, in a consecrated area where many ashes are buried.
All Saints’ Church is a Church of England parish church in the suburb of Gosforth, which lies to the north of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Rev Canon Andrew Shipton, from the church told media that it was a great shock to find that the crucifix had gone and a cause of considerable sadness.
Anyone with information may contact Northumbria Police on 101.