The rock legend behind festive classic ‘I Wish It Could be Christmas Every Day’ was left ‘devastated’ after £100,000 worth of his band’s kit was stolen.
Former Wizzard front-man Roy Wood, 72, lost ‘priceless guitars and amps’ when brazen thieves broke into a warehouse and stole the band’s tour lorry parked inside.
One thief was caught on CCTV camera breaking into the lorry’s cab before hot-wiring the vehicle and smashing it through metal gates.
CCTV footage shows brazen thieves breaking into a warehouse and stealing the truck
The early morning raid yesterday forced the star to cancel a festive concert later that evening.
Wood had been due to perform in Hull, East Yorks, last night but had to cancel as a result of the raid.
The vehicle contained a trove of one-of-a-kind items including a Fender Stratocaster Wood has used for the past 50 years and a mixing desk worth £30,000.
The robbery happened at 3.50am yesterday morning in Leeds, West Yorks, when a gang of thieves broke into a warehouse containing the truck.
Wood had to cancel a festive gig in Hull after thieves stole his band’s equipment
Wizzard’s frontman Roy Wood. The robbery happened at 3.50am yesterday morning in Leeds
One of the yobs hotwired the vehicle and smashed it through a pair of locked gates, demolishing a neighbour’s wall in the process.
An appeal to find the truck posted on Wood’s Facebook page and shared thousands of times resulted in police recovering the vehicle later in the day.
Officers were tipped off by a woman who saw the post and then recognised the vehicle’s number plate when she was walking her dog and called the police.
One of the yobs hot wired the vehicle and smashed it through a pair of locked gates, demolishing a neighbour’s wall in the process
Roy Wood on Top of the Pops fronting the English glam rock band Wizzard
This morning it emerged that police recovered the truck but it’s not yet known whether the equipment is still inside.
At the time of the raid it was being kept in a storage facility belonging to businessman Bob Collinson, who runs sound engineering business Yorkshire Audio and was accompanying Wood on tour.
Mr Collinson said: ‘The truck is packed full of priceless instruments and musical equipment.
‘Roy was devastated about what happened, he might have lost so much.
‘We’re so grateful to the public for sharing the post about the robbery, it’s down to them that the truck has been found.
Yesterday afternoon Wood (third from right, on Top of the Pops) posted on Facebook saying: ‘We are sorry to inform you tonight’s gig at Hull City Hall has been cancelled
‘The power of social media is incredible.’
A post on Wood’s Facebook page last night said: ‘We have been informed that the truck has been found.
‘The contents are yet to be checked and accounted for, it is in the hands of the police.
‘Thank you so much for all your concern and to everyone who shared the post or kept an eye out for the truck.’
Yesterday afternoon Wood posted on Facebook saying: ‘We are sorry to inform you tonight’s gig at Hull City Hall has been cancelled.
‘The warehouse has been broken into and all the band equipment and truck has been stolen.’
Wood rose to fame in the 1970s and 80s, when he performed with the Electric Light Orchestra and The Move.
The Birmingham-born musician is on tour with his current outfit, the Roy Wood Rock ‘n’ Roll Band.
Wood’s Xmas song from 1973 is estimated to make Wood around £180,000 each year in royalties and has charted in the UK top 50 every year since 2007.