Band’s stolen van and gear recovered

A grey Mercedes Sprinter van belonging to R&B band Dr Feelgood which contained thousands of pounds worth of musical equipment has been found.

The theft took place outside a home in Hockley between 6pm on Monday April 15 and midday on Tuesday 16.

Police were called to a disturbance in Tolleshunt D’Arcy late on Wednesday evening, April 17.

When officers arrived, they found evidence of chop shop, and a number of vehicles were located.

Among those the band’s van which was displaying false registration plates.

The band’s musical equipment was then found close by.

At this stage, no arrests have been made.

PC Paul Gerrish, of the Stolen Vehicle Intelligence Unit, said: “I know that the band are due to start a tour of Germany and without us finding the kit, I know it would have severely affected their plans.

“It was the presence of the equipment, which was clearly of value, which allowed us to make the quick connection.

“We know that it is quite often the personal possessions in a vehicle, which cannot be replaced, which are far more valuable to people than the vehicle itself so I’m really happy that we’ll be able to reunite the equipment with the band.”