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Appeal following theft of items worth £10,000 from Chinese tourists in Liverpool

October 28, 2014, 4:15 pm

Merseyside Police is appealing for information after a group of tourists from China had items stolen from their minibus whilst it was parked in Liverpool city centre on Thursday, 23 October.

The driver of the bus parked it on Grenville Street South, at around 9pm, and the visitors got off.

A short time later, it’s believed around 4 men forced their way into the bus and stole clothing and a large amount of specialist electrical equipment.

The items taken include an Acer laptop, 4 Lectrosonic system microphones, a Tascam digital video recorder, a Gibson acoustic guitar, a Canon camera and numerous Sony camera lenses.

The visitors returned to the bus at around 10.05pm and a report was immediately made to the police.

Forensic enquiries are continuing to be carried out, CCTV from the area is being reviewed and an investigation into the full circumstances surrounding the incident is continuing.

Detective Constable Nick Glascott-Tull, Liverpool North Burglary and Robbery Team, said: “Liverpool is, quite rightly, a huge draw for overseas visitors and the vast majority of them have a very safe and enjoyable time in our city.

“Sadly, on Thursday night, a small group of tourists from Beijing had a number of items stolen, the total value of which is in excess of £10,000.

“We are proud of Liverpool’s reputation for hospitality and I’d like to reassure people we are doing everything we can to bring those responsible to justice and possibly reunite the visitors with some of their belongings.

“It’s likely there were a number of people in the area, which is close to Duke Street, around the time of the incident, and I’d appeal to anyone who saw a group of men acting suspiciously to get in touch with us.

“Many of the items are very distinctive, such as the microphones and the guitar, so I’d also urge anyone who may have been offered them for sale or know of their whereabouts to contact us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information can speak to detectives in the Liverpool North Burglary and Robbery team on 0151 777 4869 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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