a BAND have been left counting the cost after thieves stole their van – with thousands of pounds’ worth of music equipment inside.
Hey Sholay had returned from a radio gig in London when they dropped the white transit vehicle off at their practice room at Primrose Park, Greasborough Road, Rotherham.
But when members returned to collect it the following day they were shocked to find the van gone, and with it several valuable or bespoke instruments.
The indie five-piece has urged fans online to keep an eye out for the van and any equipment in an attempt to get it back.
Singer and guitarist Liam Creamer, of Abbeydale Road, said: “It’s very depressing because of the amount of gear and things we’ve lost which were built up over the years.
“Some of the guitars are worth £3,000 and there’s stuff we’ve had specially made for us which we won’t be able to get again unless it is returned.”
The van was left outside the band’s rehearsal space, which is in a gated compound, at around 8.30pm on Monday.
It was stolen some time before 1pm the next day when the band returned to find it gone and reported the theft to police.
The band have two gigs scheduled in the coming weeks – including a Sheffield Christmas special on December 21 – and have vowed to play them despite their misfortune.
Liam added: “We’re determined to still play them and we’ve had a lot of people, friends and musicians that we’ve played with, raising awareness on Twitter of what’s happened.”
Among the equipment in the van, which had the registration number ML05 KPP, were amplifiers, electronics, a drum kit and guitars.
Police are investigating the theft. Call 101 with information quoting incident 730 of December 5.