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Two held over band's guitar theft

Noah and the Whale
The band are on a 12-date UK tour

Two men have been arrested by police investigating the theft of equipment stolen from indie-folk band Noah And The Whale in Greater Manchester.

The gear - including vintage guitars, brass instruments and a drum kit - was taken from a car park in Trinity Way, Salford, on 30 September.

Police later recovered the trailer and one amplifier, but thousands of pounds worth of instruments remain missing.

The band, who had just played a gig in Manchester, said they were devastated.

The equipment had been locked in a trailer in the car park after the band played at Club Academy.

Among the instruments stolen was a left-handed Gibson Les Paul Gold Top Deluxe and a left-handed Fender Telecaster in sunburst colour.

Tour continuing

A Gibson Goldtone GA-30 RVS Amp, a Ludwig silver/white oyster finish drum kit and a Fender 66 Precision Bass were also stolen.

The trailer and Gibson amp were recovered by police at a house in Lower Broughton, Salford, on Friday.

Two men, aged 31 and 40, were arrested on suspicion of theft.

Officers are now trying to locate a Ford Transit 190 van, with registration S144 NBV. The vehicle has an orange light on the back.

They are also interested in tracing a black Daewoo Leganza.

Det Sgt Simon Akker said: "We have spoken to the band who are continuing on their tour.

"I would ask the public to help us find the outstanding musical equipment which is easily identifiable as much of the equipment is labelled with the band's name 'Noah and the Whale' or 'Whale'."

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