Bill Bailey tour bus stolen from Liverpool theatre car park
Comedian Bill Bailey has appealed for the public's help to find his stolen tour bus.
The funnyman was performing at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Monday when the vehicle was taken from the theatre's car park.
Bailey, 51, tweeted about the incident, writing: "Lively crowd @liverpoolphil last night - shame our tour bus was nicked from outside the venue! So gig not too bad all things considered..."
The comic said two thieves broke into the production room to steal two laptops and car keys, before fleeing with a Mercedes Sprinter Splitter van containing crew suitcases and tour merchandise.
He has now issued a plea on Facebook, asking locals to look out for the bus.
Bailey wrote: " Scousers, keep 'em peeled... At 2.30pm yesterday afternoon (Mon October 26), two thieves entered the Liverpool Philharmonic via a wedged open side door and broke into the production offices for Bill Bailey's live tour, Limboland.
"The thieves made off with two laptops belonging to tour personnel, and the keys to two of the tour vehicles.
"Whilst one vehicle was secured in the venue car park, the thieves were able to make good their escape in the other. This vehicle contained the personal suitcases for three crew members, as well as a large amount of Bill Bailey tour merchandise.
"The stolen vehicle was a silver/grey Mercedes "Tiger Tours Sprinter Splitter" van registration CE14 VFS."
Bailey added: " Merseyside Police have been informed and are investigating the incident."
He also reassured fans the show will go on, saying: "Despite the chaos this has caused to the tour, Bill's performance will go ahead at The Philharmonic tonight, Tuesday October 27th, as it did last night."
The comedian's Limboland tour continues with a second night in Liverpool, before heading to Cardiff on October 28 and 29.
Merseyside Police confirmed they are investigating the reports and are studying CCTV footage.
A statement on their website said: "Merseyside Police can confirm that yesterday (Monday October 26), officers received a report that a Mercedes Sprinter van was stolen from the car park of the Royal Philharmomic Hall, Hope Street, Liverpool, at around 2.30pm.
"Officers believe keys for the van were stolen from an office at the location. I nquiries are ongoing at this time, CCTV is being examined and anyone with information is encouraged to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."