Snap­per has £7,000 of gear stolen from his car

‘IR­RE­PLACE­ABLE’ FAM­ILY PHOTOS AMONG ITEMS TAKEN – AND ALL HIS SHOOTS

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By ALEXAN­DRA RUCKI alexan­[email protected]­i­tymir­ror.com @Alexan­draRucki

A PHO­TOG­RA­PHER has lost five years worth of work af­ter thieves smashed into his car and stole ir­re­place­able equip­ment.

Pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher Kenny Clay­ton re­turned to his car at the NCP car park, on Store Street in the city cen­tre, to find all of his equip­ment had been stolen on Satur­day lunchtime.

Thugs smashed the wind­screen of the ve­hi­cle to get to the equip­ment in­side.

Among the stolen items was an ex­ter­nal hard drive con­tain­ing pre­cious fam­ily pho­to­graphs and ev­ery sin­gle shoot Kenny has worked on.

The thieves also took cam­eras, lenses, an iMac com­puter, a cam­era light, tripods and an overnight bag with per­sonal items in­side.

Kenny, a com­mer­cial and fam­ily pho­tog­ra­pher, will no longer be able to work without the equip­ment.

Some of the lost images in­clude a re­cent pho­to­shoot with a Ro­ma­nian fam­ily vis­it­ing a rel­a­tive who moved to Wilm­slow. The fam­ily booked Kenny to take pho­to­graphs to cel­e­brate the birth of a new baby.

The to­tal cost of the stolen items is be­lieved to be around £7,000.

Kenny, 43, told the M.E.N.: “I was in the process of edit­ing pic­tures of a fam­ily from Ro­ma­nia vis­it­ing a new baby in Wilm­slow. It is just stuff that I can’t reshoot. It is of a time, the fam­ily have now gone away.

“I have a nine-year-old daugh­ter and there are lots of photos of her.”

He added: “Los­ing the equip­ment is heart­break­ing, but it is re­place­able. It is the stuff that is on the hard drive that is not.

“I have in­vested a lot of equip­ment and have been build­ing my busi­ness up, it has all been taken.

“I was in bits be­fore. I am not go­ing to be able to do any­thing. I am a bit stuck without all of my stuff. I am gut­ted.”

The in­ci­dent has been re­ported to Greater Manch­ester Po­lice.

Kenny is ap­peal­ing for any­one with fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or who may know where the equip­ment is to get in con­tact.

Any­one with fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can con­tact GMP on 101 or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.

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