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Stolen band equipment recovered

Noah and the Whale
The band had been playing in Manchester

Most of a hoard of music equipment stolen from indie-folk band Noah and the Whale has been recovered by police.

Tens of thousands of pounds worth of equipment was stolen from a car park in Trinity Way, Salford, on 30 September, Greater Manchester Police said.

Some of the items recovered held huge sentimental value to the band members.

The equipment was located in a barn in Lincolnshire where the offenders were forced to store it after having transportation problems.

Locked in trailer

The owner of the barn told police that he had been conned by the offenders into storing the items.

After the men failed to return to the barn, the owner inspected the equipment and saw the name "Noah and the Whale" on the music cases.

After searching the internet, the man found the an appeal to locate the items and called the police.

Two men aged 31 and 40 have been arrested on suspicion of handling the equipment. They have been bailed until 23 January.

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

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