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Phantom Band cancel tour after £13k worth of equipment stolen from van

Phantom Band cancel tour after £13k worth of equipment stolen from van

The Phantom Band have been forced to cancel the UK leg of their tour after thieves stole more than £13,000 worth of instruments and equipment from their tour van.

The Glasgow indie rockers were devastated to discover the majority of the tour equipment had been stolen from their van following a gig in Lille, France.

The stolen items, valued at £13,176, included three guitars, multiple amps, synths, a Yamaha keyboard, a full drum kit, 50 band T-shirts and a cash box containing 100 Euros.

Items of great sentimental value were also taken including personalised hard cases and a guitar strap "graffiti'd on by small children".

The incident occurred between October 20-21 after the band performed on a converted barge, called La Péniche.

The band posted a list of the stolen items on Facebook saying: "We were lucky enough to keep hold of the Rickenbacker bass of Delgados fame, the bass cab and head, one of Greg's guitars and Dunc's pedals. Everything else is gone."

Bassist Gerry Hart, 39, told STV: "It's just a nightmare. We left Lille and went to a small town en route to Calais - we got up the next morning to head for the ferry and I noticed a box of merchandise sitting outside the van.

"As I went round I saw both doors were open and that they had taken pretty much everything, it was a bit of a gutter.

"We've had those instruments for a good while. One of the stolen guitars that belonged to our singer Rick was bought by his parents and had been played on most of our albums.

"We spoke to the local police who were maybe not as interested in it as we were - there was no testing for finger prints. The took a verbal report and that was that.

"We haven't had many leads although someone on Facebook said something about a French website where items similar to ours were being sold. We're just keeping out eyes open."

Low point

The band have since cancelled forthcoming UK tour dates and have said their St Luke's gig in Glasgow in November is "looking unlikely", however fans should keep an eye on their website for updates.

Fans from home and abroad have shown their support in the hope the stolen goods will be recovered.

Two especially generous fans have offered the band a loan to buy more equipment.

Hart added: "It's a really low point for us, but offers like that are really uplifting, knowing that people want us to keep going."

French DJ Marjorie Hasch called for locals to be vigilant, Tweeting: "Dear Lille, keep your eyes open for this charming Scottish group's stolen gear."

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