Essex music legends Dr Feelgood reunited with tour van and stolen new music tools

Essex tunes icons Dr Feelgood say their reunion with their stolen tour van and new music machines is almost nothing shorter of a “wonder”. The van contained gear like a guitar that bass player Phil Mitchell had been used for additional than fifty percent a century.

The van was taken from Phil’s driveway in Hockley in the early hrs of April 16 but was located the subsequent working day following officers from Maldon Local community Policing Staff were referred to as to a disturbance at a device in Tolleshunt D’Arcy. The officers uncovered a suspected chop shop – a spot in which stolen automobiles are stripped of their elements or given phony identities – and referred to as in the authorities from the Stolen Car Intelligence Unit (SVIU).

The Mercedes Sprinter was recognised as the one from the Hockley theft and was recovered. It was found out together with one more Sprinter that was in the procedure of becoming dismantled. They have been reunited with their equipment just times prior to they had been because of to tour in Germany.

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The robbers experienced taken CDs, t-shirts and Phil’s golfing clubs but the most worthwhile merchandise, including Phil’s treasured guitar, had been however with the van. Both equally automobiles were being taken out and taken to a protected location.

Computer Paul Gerrish named drummer Kevin Morris the up coming morning with the fantastic information. Dr Feelgood’s Phil, Kevin and tour manager Nic Clacy checked the van more than before returning to meet the SVIU team and retrieve their tools in advance of their tour of Germany, which begins on Friday (April 26). Phil Mitchell reported it took him a couple of minutes to realise the van was long gone when he received up on the Tuesday morning but it speedily dawned on him what a disaster this was for the band.

He reported: “I assumed it’d be the last time we’d see it. It’s not just the guitar – they’re all our function applications. Abruptly you believe, ‘What are we going to do following week?’ We have received to seek the services of a van, lease products, we have bought to locate guitars. It’s unlimited what you’d have to form out in a shorter place of time.

“Then of program, the subsequent day we get a contact to say, ‘We’ve received the van and we’ve received a whole lot of your machines.’ It was a terrific aid.”

Phil Mitchell takes his 54-year-old bass guitar from its case

Phil Mitchell requires his 54-yr-old bass guitar from its case -Credit rating:Al Underwood

Drummer Kevin Morris claimed: “I was on my way to a storage unit to check out out one of my other drum kits to see what I’d need to have to place together to go to Germany when Paul (Gerrish of SVIU) phoned and said, ‘We’ve bought the van and it appears to be like we’ve received the equipment.’ I was delighted. I immediately phoned absolutely everyone in the band to say we’ve acquired the things and it was panic more than.

“It’s miraculous – we never imagined we’d see it once again. We’re quite lucky. There was petrol currently being poured all above the area and it was about to be torched. It’s amazing that we’ve obtained almost everything back again.”

The SVIU’s Phil Pentelow explained reuniting folks with their prized belongings is “the most effective section of the job”. He stated: “Occasionally the prized possession is a £100k supercar, but it could be a guitar or household pictures full of recollections. Almost nothing beats the seem on people’s faces when we return people priceless goods.”

Computer system Pentelow has some simple information for all car house owners who are concerned about security: “Learn your car’s vulnerabilities and head to the site Secured by Design for advisable security equipment. Seem at avoidance methods and take into consideration different layers of stability. Make your car more durable to steal than all the other automobiles on your road.

“A tracker is a previous resort but if you are regrettable adequate to have your car taken, it’ll give us the head start out in receiving your automobile back in a person piece. However, prevention is improved than overcome.”