Gui­tarist left ‘dev­as­tated’ by thieves

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AN as­pir­ing mu­si­cian has been left dev­as­tated af­ter the theft of ex­pen­sive equip­ment, in­clud­ing a cus­tom built gui­tar.

Peter Sut­ton, from Mac­cles­field, was work­ing with his dad in Hal­i­fax be­fore a prac­tice when thieves broke into their work’s van on Novem­ber 1.

The equip­ment stolen has been val­ued at around £3,000 and in­cludes: a cus­tom built War­moth elec­tric gui­tar in a Fender gig bag; a Boss BCB60 ef­fects pedal board, wah-wah pedal, two rare Ef­fec­trode ped­als, a BIMM-branded ruck­sack; a Dell Lat­i­tude E5500 lap­top in a black lap­top bag; and a pass­port, which has now been can­celled.

Peter, 20, a for­mer pupil at Mac­cles­field Acad­emy and Fal­li­b­roome Acad­emy, re­lies on the equip­ment for his mu­sic de­gree stud­ies at the Bri­tish and Ir­ish In­sti­tute of Mod­ern Mu­sic in Manch­ester.

He is now ap­peal­ing for a re­turn of the items and for any­one who spots them be­ing sold on­line to tell po­lice.

Peter said: “I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I am ap­peal­ing for help to get the equip­ment back.”

Peter started play­ing gui­tar at the age of nine af­ter pick­ing up his dad’s acous­tic.

A self-taught mu­si­cian, he started play­ing the elec­tric gui­tar and got his first Fender Stra­to­caster at 15. Since then he has prac­ticed re­lent­lessly.

He is a pas­sion­ate blues-style gui­tarist like his heroes Eric Clap­ton, Mark Knopfler and Jeff Beck, and has been given en­cour­age­ment from Mac­cles­field mu­sic leg­end Ge­orge Borowski.

He said: “I’m now look­ing to pur­sue my am­bi­tion of play­ing gui­tar pro­fes­sion­ally, do­ing it prop­erly and not just liv­ing the rock star life­style.”

For­tu­nately, Peter’s equip­ment was in­sured, some­thing he said is im­por­tant to all mu­si­cians.

He said: “Theft can hap­pen at any time and any­where. Un­for­tu­nately I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“Given the amount of time, money and ef­fort that mu­si­cians put into ac­quir­ing the right gear, pro­tect­ing said gear is es­sen­tial to en­sure one’s suc­cess and peace of mind.”

If you can help call York­shire po­lice on 101 quot­ing crime ref­er­ence num­ber 13160542664.

Gui­tars and equip­ment be­long­ing to Peter Sut­ton was stolen

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