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Its been brought to the bands attention that a gang of pick pockets are following the tour. Cash in wallets and credit cards are their main aim so please ensure all your property is secure. Stay safe , Enjoy the shows... THEY ARE GOING TO BE IMMENSE.
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Cheers for the info Paul, Im very wary during gigs these days after being pickpocketed at the last Madstock. Luckily I caught him and got him arrested so hopefully I saved a few other from the scum.
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Published on 07/05/2013 11:26

Nearly 2,000 fans enjoyed the amazing Friars gig at the Waterside Theatre but the night was spoilt by organised thieves who stole hundreds of pounds worth of mobile phones.

It is believed the gang stole 19 phones as well as purses and wallets at the sell-out Specials show organised by the legendary Friars Club on Friday.

Friars club founder and promoter David Stopps said: “I can’t believe it. In 44 years of Friars I can never remembering hearing of anything ever being stolen. I’m not saying nothing has been but I’ve never heard anything.

“Suddenly you get this obviously organised crime and it’s completely taken us by surprise. I’m really sorry to the people who had their phones stolen.

“There’s very little you can do about it. It’s very difficult to stop.”

Mr Stopps said the thefts should not marr what was a wonderful evening for Aylesbury and that he had received plenty of compliments about the event.

The theatre said it would make an announcement warning people to take care of their property at the next Friars show when Genesis legend Steve Hackettcomes to town on Thursday.

Mr Stopps added: “I think the announcement would be very sensible. But I don’t expect there to be any problems at Hackett. It seems that it’s targeted at The Specials gigs.

“Terry Hall (lead singer) actually announced it at one show that they had this gang of pickpockets following them around on their tour. It shouldn’t overwhelm the fact it was a great gig.

“Everyone enjoyed it, the band enjoyed it. It should not overshadow the success.”

Police confirmed it had received several reports of stolen property from the gig.

http://www.bucksherald.co.uk/community/local-services/crime-map/updated-with-video-the-specials-rock-friars-but-phone-thieves-do-their-best-to-spoil-show-1-5056547
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The Specials gigs must be the prime target... where else will you get a couple of thousand 40+ blokes (i.e. have a bit of cash) jammed packed together in a big heaving mass. Must be pickpocket paradise.

With a bit of effort though staff should be able to spot something. The pickpockets tend to move about where as by and large genuine audience stays in roughly the same place even up the front.

Razor blades in pockets is the only answer and money in your shoes.

And your a bloke you don't need your phone anyway so leave it at home.. your out on the beer they can call back tomorrow! And you'll be home when your home! Mad
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No mercy, no hesitation, if you feel anything dodgy or see anyone "at it" serve them right up there and then. We have to look out for each other. Stunt phone required I think. I used to have one I took to football that doubled as a handy blunt trauma object ... thats another story though Razz
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Baldy badger .... I 100% agree with you. If any of these scummy fuckers want something off me ... they better be ready for some recompense.

I know all about the dummy phone trick ... and you are right it did come in handy at football if it came on top Wink

For all those attending the future dates ... heed the advice on here and travel as light as possible. Walking into the venue all you need is a ticket, money for a post concert drink and BFH !!!
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http://www.punknews.org/article/51540/fan-turned-away-from-show-allegedly-for-lack-of-band-knowledge, what fo you think of this? Cool
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We did warn people across here, facebook ,twitter and other net sources.
Unfortunately it seems no matter what we do these fuckers will get some loot.

Just be on your guard and try to not be too tipsy shall we say going in there.

If you see it happening get security in. Get these fuckers out.
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Money belt under trousers. sounds a bit extreme but it works.
you should notice someone trying to stick their hand down your trousers
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If the band are aware that there is a pickpocket gang following the tour, surely they must have an idea who they are?

This information was released before the Aylesbury gig, so the information came from someone that must know of the gangs existence and intended targets - so surely they could be identified as they enter the gigs and covertly followed and nicked as they attempt their first dip?
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I remember some scots bloke on the first reunion tour in Leeds giving some thieving bastard a glasgow kiss. ....... swift, sudden retribution is the solution in my book..... Cool
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chemode wrote:
I remember some scots bloke on the first reunion tour in Leeds giving some thieving bastard a glasgow kiss. ....... swift, sudden retribution is the solution in my book..... Cool

ABSOLUTELY...got to be careful though.... always go for the feet its harder to prove assault and speed is the key.
Someone tried to dip my wifes handbag in Barcelona whilst she had it under her arm, locked and clutched tight. She whispered to me that a dick was risking his life and the fuck was away before she had finished the sentence. REMEMBER FOLKS BEHAVE LIKE A VICTIM AND YOU WILL BE A VICTIM!! DONT GIVE THESE PEOPLE ANY OPPORTUNITY...... A MONEY BELT IS THE ANSWER AND COSTS ABOUT £10
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This is one method of trying to flush the scum out.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2322195/Name-The-Vaccines-lead-singer-dont-Police-deny-music-fans-entry-gig-unless-pass-band-quiz-flush-pickpockets.html
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Put Bernie in charge of security
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