Babyshambles' confiscated guitars given to charity
19th May 2009 | 11:09
Guitars, amps, harmonica were seized in 2005
Musical equipment seized from a 2005 London pub gig by Babyshambles will be donated to a local youth charity.
Islington council seized the items during a gig at the Duke Of Clarence, Rotherfield Street, in August 2005.
The equipment includes two guitars, three amplifiers, a bass, a speaker, melodica and a harmonica. They are being given to the council's EC1 Music Project.
Ex-Babyshambles guitarist Patrick Walden has agreed to hold a workshop in return for his guitar. The instruments that have not been claimed back are to be given to the music project designed for 8 to 19-year-olds in the London borough, on 20 May.
"It was the only way of stopping the nuisance to our neighbours" Islington Council
Describing confiscation as a rare step by the local authority Jan Hart, Islington Council's assistant director for public protection, said: "It was the only way of stopping the nuisance to our neighbours, which is our top priority.
"Now it's going to a good home and will help young people just starting out with music."
Walden said he was "happy" to be involved with the workshops project.
"It's a very positive environment and I'm looking forward to working with the young people," he said.
Hmm. Who else deserves to have their guitars confiscated?