TWO popular buskers have had their music gear stolen after they performed at a town event.
Melv Baker and Anthony Pascal are often seen in Leek entertaining shoppers with their musical talents, as well as gigging at a variety of venues.
However, the duo are now going to have to borrow guitars and other equipment after their own were stolen following a busking slot in Leek town centre during the Easter Music and Motors event on Saturday, April 19.
Melv and Anthony had put their gear in Melv's white Suzuki Vitara which was parked in the car park behind The Black Swan, in Sheepmarket, before heading back up town.
They later returned to find that Melv's car had been stolen.
He said: "We finished busking and put the guitars in the car.
"That was at 12.45pm, I know this because I put another parking ticket on the car. We went into town and came back at 2.10pm and the car was gone.
"It was found by the police at Deep Hayes Country Park minus its contents.
"The police have told me that they are checking local CCTV.
"I think the person or persons who are responsible for this are absolute low-lives. The guitars are worn and well played and not worth a great deal to anyone but me and Anthony. We love performing and those guitars are always earning cash for various charities, local events and the Totally Locally events."
The equipment that was taken from the car included a Yamaha acoustic guitar, a Tanglewood electro-acoustic guitar, a Martin acoustic guitar, five Honer harmonicas, two Shure microphones, a small rucksack full of leads, a bucket of dry-stone walling tools, and a number of camping items.
Melv added: "It's the music kit that we are most bothered about.
"However, this won't stop us busking. We will borrow guitars and keep busking until we have earned enough to replace them."
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: "Police were called to a report of a stolen vehicle at around 2.35pm on Saturday April 19. The vehicle, a white Suzuki Vitara, was stolen from the car park of The Black Swan in Leek. Officers attended and began carrying out inquiries in the local area, including checking CCTV, and officers were able to locate the vehicle at Deep Hayes Country Park. However, the contents of the vehicle were missing."
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Jo French at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 427 of April 19. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.