£2000 camera stolen in Belfast city centre

The stolen camera
The stolen camera

A 19-year-old freelance photographer from north Antrim has told of his distress after his £2000 camera was stolen near Belfast city centre.

Matthew Steele from Ballymoney had been completing an assignment at Belfast Christmas market when his car - parked in Great Patrick Street - was broken into between 7pm and 9pm on Saturday.

Photographer Matthew Steele from Ballymoney had his car attacked and windows smashed in Great Patrick Street Belfast on Saturday evening

Photographer Matthew Steele from Ballymoney had his car attacked and windows smashed in Great Patrick Street Belfast on Saturday evening

“I went back to the car and the window was broken,” he said. “The camera was hidden on the floor below the passenger seats so they obviously took a good look before they got it. The camera and the lens would be worth around £2000 and I need them for my work - that is my livelihood.”

Mr Steele added that he “is not at all happy” that he has been left without his Canon 6D camera and a 17X40 lens.

The Camera serial Number is 312021001763.

And last night a PSNI spokesman said: “Police are investigating a report that a Ford Mondeo car was broken into at Great Patrick Street on Saturday night.

Photographer Matthew Steele from Ballymoney

Photographer Matthew Steele from Ballymoney

“A Canon camera with lens was stolen.”