Photographer loses £7,000 of equipment in car raid

Photographer Davina Orr Ferguson lost �7000 of camera equipment when her car was broken in to outside her home in Easington Village.

Photographer Davina Orr Ferguson lost �7000 of camera equipment when her car was broken in to outside her home in Easington Village.

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A PHOTOGRAPHER has had to put her business on hold after £7,000 worth of equipment was stolen from her car.

Davina Orr Ferguson packed up her black Nissan Note with gear after leading a class with Peterlee Photographic Association in Easington Village’s church hall.

But the two bags of cameras, lenses, cables and a host of gadgets were stolen after she moved the car next to her home in nearby Clappersgate.

She uses the equipment as part of her Amore Photographic work, which includes weddings, portraits and commercial commissions.

Thieves also caused £100 worth of damage as they broke into the car.

Now the University of Sunderland graduate, who studied photography, video and digital imaging, faces having to get a credit card to replace her equipment as insurers will only pay out a maximum of £2,500.

Police have issued advice to car owners to not leave valuables in their vehicles.

Davina, 22, who lives with boyfriend Anthony Hunt, 24, said: “I think they must have been watching while we were putting the gear in.

“It’s not just the cost of replacing the cameras and other pieces.

“Some of them were given to me for birthdays and Christmas and have sentimental value because they were given to me by people who are no longer here.

“I’ve had to get in contact with three wedding bookings and about eight different portrait commissions and one for a pet.

“The three weddings have asked for their money back, which is fair enough, and I’ve lost about £3,500 of business.

“Two of the commissions were time sensitive as well, so they’ve got their deposit of 10 per cent back.”

The break-in happened between 11.30pm on Wednesday and 4.30am on Thursday.

Detective Sergeant Steve Thubron, of Peterlee CID, said: “We would like anyone who saw anything or has information to come forward. We also urge owners not to leave valuable items in their cars.”

Durham Constabulary can be contacted on 0345 606 0365 or Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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