A 200-year-old bible that was stolen 42 years ago from a church in East Sussex, England, has been returned by the man who took it, reports the BBC.
Simon Scott, treasurer of Holy Trinity Church in Hastings, said a German man had taken the book in 1971. He had come to the town with his wife to take an English language course, but was not satisfied with the teaching. He then took the Bible intending to read it and improve his English, but never got round to it.
Mr Scott said that he received an anonymous letter from the thief, which said: 'You won't believe receiving this letter and you certainly won't believe receiving a bible in the post shortly.'
A big box containing a huge leather-bound edition of The Holy Bible with brass clasps, later arrived. 'He found the course was very much below par, it fell very short of expectations, despite being quite expensive,' Mr Scott said the man had written.
'Some of the lessons were held in the church premises and he said he saw these bibles just sitting there, unused he felt. And by some sort of compensation for this very poor, expensive course, he decided to take one and try and read it at home and improve his English that way.
'In fact, he said in the letter "I never got round to doing it".'
FULL STORY Stolen Bible returned to UK church after 42 years (BBC)