Charity band’s equipment theft

John Morris and David Lambourne  who raise thousands of pounds for charity by performing music gigs at local venues -  had there microphones and speakers stolen from John's daughter's garage.
John Morris and David Lambourne who raise thousands of pounds for charity by performing music gigs at local venues - had there microphones and speakers stolen from John's daughter's garage.
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HEARTLESS thieves have stolen expensive microphones and speakers from two musicians who have raised thousands of pounds for good causes.

John Morris and David Lambourne – who, as duo CPR, have raised almost £20,000 by performing at various charity events in the Five Towns over the last 15 years – had around £900 worth of equipment stolen from Mr Morris’ daughter’s garage, on Beancroft Road, in Castleford, on Wednesday October 24.

Mr Morris, of Hugh Street, Castleford, said: “I think it’s rotten that someone could steal our equipment which we use in every charity show we do.

“We had just come back from a three-year break and have been practising in my daughter’s garage for future gigs.

“I think someone has heard us practising and come back to take the equipment, which is just plain spiteful.

“We decided no-one was going to grind us down and we have gone out and bought second- hand microphones so we can keep on practising.

“We’ve moved all the equipment out of my daughter’s garage now and we are going to carry on for the love of the music and to help charity.”

Mr Morris, 52, said one of his daughter’s neighbours saw one of the thieves, who is described as over 6ft and wearing a light coloured hoodie and dark coloured jeans.

The grandfather-of-seven added: “They broke in around 6am and one of my daughter’s neighbours chased them down the street.

“They dropped one of our speakers, which cost around £600, and the other which they got away with is useless because you need both of them to work.

“A lot of wiring and our microphones also went which they will be able to sell. The stolen speaker has CPR written on it.

“We are asking anyone with information to come forward.”

CPR have played at various local events including a recent fundraising night for Macmillan Cancer Support nurses held at the Eagle pub in Castleford.

The fundraising night was organised by Paul Moore, who died soon after the event, following his 30-year battle with three types of cancer.

Sgt Paul Coates of Castleford neighbourhood policing team, said: “It’s most unfortunate that this offence has taken place when so much has been done with the equipment to raise money for charity.

“A witness disturbed the suspects breaking into this garage and bravely gave chase but unfortunately lost them in a nearby street. Enquiries will continue in attempts too identify those responsible.

“With the dark nights now upon us after the clocks going back on Sunday morning, its now even more important to ensure that our garages and outbuildings are secure.”

Anyone with information can email police at castleford@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk call the police anonymously on the non emergency number 101.