Nursery school photos stolen in Billington car theft

Nursery school photos stolen in Billington car theft

Nursery school photos stolen in Billington car theft

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EXPENSIVE camera equipment and photographs of around 200 nursery school children were stolen during a £3,000 raid.

Professional photographer Stuart Ainslie discovered the theft of all his camera equipment on the morning of his 50th birthday.

Mr Ainslie, a professional photographer from The Meadows, Billington, called the police after he discovered that his Black Honda Civic car had been forced into to gain access to the equipment.

Stuart said: “This is a huge inconvenience for me and I will have to re-do all of that work.

“I’m going to have to get replacement equipment very quickly and this will affect my relationship with my clients.

“Two of the jobs that I had images for on my camera were new clients as well.

“I have been a photographer for 22 years and this has never happened to me before.

“It’s an awful thing to happen on your birthday and it has given me a lot more work to do.

“Your 50th birthday is something that you look forward to and celebrate but this has just ruined it for me.”

The camera also had 2,000 images on its memory card including those from a three-day shoot.

Taken as part of the theft over night on Thursday was a Nikon D 200 camera worth £800, one Nikon Zoom lens worth £700, two Bowens studio lights worth £1,200, a £250 Nikon flash gun, Nikon batteries worth £60 and five credit cards.

A police spokesman said: “Between 8pm and 6.30am unknown offenders approached the vehicle which was parked outside the property in Billington and forced entry.

“They searched the car and stole a number of items.

“There were no witnesses to the incident.

“No arrests have been made and anyone with information should call 101.”

No one was available to comment from Toppers Nursery and Bright Futures.

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4:20pm Sat 28 Jun 14

charmed-one says...

Surely he should have known better than to leave such expensive equipment in his car overnight. What concerns me more, though, is the fact that digital images of children were also stolen - he thinks it's ok to leave them in his car, yet parents can't take photos of their own children at school events???
Surely he should have known better than to leave such expensive equipment in his car overnight. What concerns me more, though, is the fact that digital images of children were also stolen - he thinks it's ok to leave them in his car, yet parents can't take photos of their own children at school events??? charmed-one
  • Score: 19

4:21pm Sat 28 Jun 14

steve18gls says...

Why leave such important equipment in your car overnight ? We know they should be safe but come on, in this day and age.?
Why leave such important equipment in your car overnight ? We know they should be safe but come on, in this day and age.? steve18gls
  • Score: 13

4:22pm Sat 28 Jun 14

steve18gls says...

steve18gls wrote:
Why leave such important equipment in your car overnight ? We know they should be safe but come on, in this day and age.?
Oh and by the way, Happy birthday pal.
[quote][p][bold]steve18gls[/bold] wrote: Why leave such important equipment in your car overnight ? We know they should be safe but come on, in this day and age.?[/p][/quote]Oh and by the way, Happy birthday pal. steve18gls
  • Score: 9

7:23pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Fire Fly says...

Absolutely no sympathy, he should have had more sense considering he photographs children. Beggars belief how stupid people can be.
Absolutely no sympathy, he should have had more sense considering he photographs children. Beggars belief how stupid people can be. Fire Fly
  • Score: 6

9:24pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Freddy the Reddy says...

“It’s an awful thing to happen on your birthday and it has given me a lot more work to do.

“Your 50th birthday is something that you look forward to and celebrate but this has just ruined it for me.”



Is that all he's bothered about? I'd be far more concerned about the children's photos in the hands of God knows who. No wonder no one from the nurseries was available- they were probably too busy apologising to angry parents on behalf of this careless photographer.
“It’s an awful thing to happen on your birthday and it has given me a lot more work to do. “Your 50th birthday is something that you look forward to and celebrate but this has just ruined it for me.” Is that all he's bothered about? I'd be far more concerned about the children's photos in the hands of God knows who. No wonder no one from the nurseries was available- they were probably too busy apologising to angry parents on behalf of this careless photographer. Freddy the Reddy
  • Score: 6

10:15pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Samantha ;) says...

Some perv may have hold of those children's pictures but.. anyway happy 50th birthday
Some perv may have hold of those children's pictures but.. anyway happy 50th birthday Samantha ;)
  • Score: 3

8:22am Sun 29 Jun 14

Bluelizzy says...

Give the guy a break. Yes, it was unwise to leave his gear in the car overnight, but, it's Billington not Shadsworth and you would have thought his car was alarmed whereas his house might not be.
Give the guy a break. Yes, it was unwise to leave his gear in the car overnight, but, it's Billington not Shadsworth and you would have thought his car was alarmed whereas his house might not be. Bluelizzy
  • Score: -6

12:03pm Sun 29 Jun 14

clitheroe blue boy says...

Bluelizzy wrote:
Give the guy a break. Yes, it was unwise to leave his gear in the car overnight, but, it's Billington not Shadsworth and you would have thought his car was alarmed whereas his house might not be.
Give the guy a break? This is just down right lazy incompetence in the fact he couldn't be bothered to take his equipment into his house.

I haven't read any other cars were broken into, just his? I wonder if his camera equipment was on show?

I would have also thought that being a professional photographer he would have saved his images by backing them up? God forbid there are names and addresses stored within his equipment.

Talk about neagative publicity by giving a quote to the press?

It's Billington not Shadsworth? Hope your ivory tower is secure.
[quote][p][bold]Bluelizzy[/bold] wrote: Give the guy a break. Yes, it was unwise to leave his gear in the car overnight, but, it's Billington not Shadsworth and you would have thought his car was alarmed whereas his house might not be.[/p][/quote]Give the guy a break? This is just down right lazy incompetence in the fact he couldn't be bothered to take his equipment into his house. I haven't read any other cars were broken into, just his? I wonder if his camera equipment was on show? I would have also thought that being a professional photographer he would have saved his images by backing them up? God forbid there are names and addresses stored within his equipment. Talk about neagative publicity by giving a quote to the press? It's Billington not Shadsworth? Hope your ivory tower is secure. clitheroe blue boy
  • Score: 4

12:03am Mon 30 Jun 14

MaxiLG says...

Unbelievable! People are so quick to judge and blame the victim. Sad state of affairs when it's unacceptable to leave your "property" locked inside your own "property" just because we now accept that cars are broken in to all the time! It's the thieving scumbags that are in the wrong that would rather take something that doesn't belong to them than earn their own money. Not one comment about the low life that stole something from a hard working man. Just hope they catch whoever did it.
Unbelievable! People are so quick to judge and blame the victim. Sad state of affairs when it's unacceptable to leave your "property" locked inside your own "property" just because we now accept that cars are broken in to all the time! It's the thieving scumbags that are in the wrong that would rather take something that doesn't belong to them than earn their own money. Not one comment about the low life that stole something from a hard working man. Just hope they catch whoever did it. MaxiLG
  • Score: 0

7:22am Mon 30 Jun 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

I only clicked on this article to see if it mentioned the word peadophile, or tried to spark a peado scare. Fortunately it didn't, which is quite refreshing in these times.

You can count on the peado hysteria coming out in the comments though. Never fails.
I only clicked on this article to see if it mentioned the word peadophile, or tried to spark a peado scare. Fortunately it didn't, which is quite refreshing in these times. You can count on the peado hysteria coming out in the comments though. Never fails. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 0

9:26am Mon 30 Jun 14

sunnybear says...

My daughters photos are among those stolen with this equipment. I hope that they were after the cameras and not the photos of the kids, the thought makes me feel sick. Poor Stuart why should a man not be able to leave his equipment in his own property with out fear of some lowlife steeling things. If they had any decency they would return them.
My daughters photos are among those stolen with this equipment. I hope that they were after the cameras and not the photos of the kids, the thought makes me feel sick. Poor Stuart why should a man not be able to leave his equipment in his own property with out fear of some lowlife steeling things. If they had any decency they would return them. sunnybear
  • Score: 1

4:13pm Mon 30 Jun 14

clitheroe blue boy says...

MaxiLG wrote:
Unbelievable! People are so quick to judge and blame the victim. Sad state of affairs when it's unacceptable to leave your "property" locked inside your own "property" just because we now accept that cars are broken in to all the time! It's the thieving scumbags that are in the wrong that would rather take something that doesn't belong to them than earn their own money. Not one comment about the low life that stole something from a hard working man. Just hope they catch whoever did it.
No your right it's not acceptable to have low life thieving scumbags steal your property.

However, it reads as though his equipment was on show, which creates an opportunity to thieves. No other cars were broken into? Just leave your house door unlocked aswell eh?

Over £3000 of equipment left in his car, when his house is more secure and only feet away? (With him in it) Would you have left valuables worth this much in your car, and 5 credit cards? I know I wouldn't.

I'm sorry he's been a victim of crime and no he doesn't deserve to be, but you have to take preventative measures and stop making it easier for thieves. It's the world we live in, regardless if it's Billington or Shadsworth.

So while I wholeheartedly sympathise with Mr Ainslie, he has to accept a proportion of blame for leaving it on show and making it easier for the thieves when he could have prevented it.
[quote][p][bold]MaxiLG[/bold] wrote: Unbelievable! People are so quick to judge and blame the victim. Sad state of affairs when it's unacceptable to leave your "property" locked inside your own "property" just because we now accept that cars are broken in to all the time! It's the thieving scumbags that are in the wrong that would rather take something that doesn't belong to them than earn their own money. Not one comment about the low life that stole something from a hard working man. Just hope they catch whoever did it.[/p][/quote]No your right it's not acceptable to have low life thieving scumbags steal your property. However, it reads as though his equipment was on show, which creates an opportunity to thieves. No other cars were broken into? Just leave your house door unlocked aswell eh? Over £3000 of equipment left in his car, when his house is more secure and only feet away? (With him in it) Would you have left valuables worth this much in your car, and 5 credit cards? I know I wouldn't. I'm sorry he's been a victim of crime and no he doesn't deserve to be, but you have to take preventative measures and stop making it easier for thieves. It's the world we live in, regardless if it's Billington or Shadsworth. So while I wholeheartedly sympathise with Mr Ainslie, he has to accept a proportion of blame for leaving it on show and making it easier for the thieves when he could have prevented it. clitheroe blue boy
  • Score: 4

12:40pm Tue 1 Jul 14

flagstone says...

clitheroe blue boy wrote:
MaxiLG wrote:
Unbelievable! People are so quick to judge and blame the victim. Sad state of affairs when it's unacceptable to leave your "property" locked inside your own "property" just because we now accept that cars are broken in to all the time! It's the thieving scumbags that are in the wrong that would rather take something that doesn't belong to them than earn their own money. Not one comment about the low life that stole something from a hard working man. Just hope they catch whoever did it.
No your right it's not acceptable to have low life thieving scumbags steal your property.

However, it reads as though his equipment was on show, which creates an opportunity to thieves. No other cars were broken into? Just leave your house door unlocked aswell eh?

Over £3000 of equipment left in his car, when his house is more secure and only feet away? (With him in it) Would you have left valuables worth this much in your car, and 5 credit cards? I know I wouldn't.

I'm sorry he's been a victim of crime and no he doesn't deserve to be, but you have to take preventative measures and stop making it easier for thieves. It's the world we live in, regardless if it's Billington or Shadsworth.

So while I wholeheartedly sympathise with Mr Ainslie, he has to accept a proportion of blame for leaving it on show and making it easier for the thieves when he could have prevented it.
CLITHEROE BLUE BOY -- Get a life.
[quote][p][bold]clitheroe blue boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MaxiLG[/bold] wrote: Unbelievable! People are so quick to judge and blame the victim. Sad state of affairs when it's unacceptable to leave your "property" locked inside your own "property" just because we now accept that cars are broken in to all the time! It's the thieving scumbags that are in the wrong that would rather take something that doesn't belong to them than earn their own money. Not one comment about the low life that stole something from a hard working man. Just hope they catch whoever did it.[/p][/quote]No your right it's not acceptable to have low life thieving scumbags steal your property. However, it reads as though his equipment was on show, which creates an opportunity to thieves. No other cars were broken into? Just leave your house door unlocked aswell eh? Over £3000 of equipment left in his car, when his house is more secure and only feet away? (With him in it) Would you have left valuables worth this much in your car, and 5 credit cards? I know I wouldn't. I'm sorry he's been a victim of crime and no he doesn't deserve to be, but you have to take preventative measures and stop making it easier for thieves. It's the world we live in, regardless if it's Billington or Shadsworth. So while I wholeheartedly sympathise with Mr Ainslie, he has to accept a proportion of blame for leaving it on show and making it easier for the thieves when he could have prevented it.[/p][/quote]CLITHEROE BLUE BOY -- Get a life. flagstone
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