Noah And The Whale instrument theft pair convicted

John and Harold Breeze convicted of handling stolen goods

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Two men involved in the theft of Noah And The Whale's musical equipment from a trailer in September 2009 have been sentenced today (January 28).

The equipment, which was returned to the band after the theft, was stolen after they played a show at Manchester's Club Academy on September 29 that year.

According to the Manchester Evening News Joseph Breeze and his nephew Harold Breeze were both convicted of handling stolen goods at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court.

Though neither were involved in the actual theft, they were both identified by witnesses as being seen putting the stolen amplifiers, guitars and cases into another van.

Joseph Breeze, described in court as a "career criminal", was sentenced to four years in prison for handling stolen goods and on a separate assault charge. Harold Breeze received a suspended sentence of one year, and must carry out 180 hours of community service.

Suspicions centred around the men when one of Noah And The Whale's amplifiers was found at Joseph Breeze's flat in Salford. The rest of the equipment was traced by police and found by officers at a barn in Lincolnshire.

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