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Kit stolen from a vehicle – London

The following kit was stolen from Jurrit Gryseels, a cameraman from Belgium. On the afternoon of February 19th, his car was broken into at NCP Shaftesbury car park near Covent Garden during a job for the Flemish public broadcaster.

The thieves stole  the following equipment from his car:


AMIRA Camera Set with Advanced License CAM SN 16682 VF SN 2667
Zeiss Compact Prime – CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 EF – metric SN 50037522
Sony A7s sn 3786171 with Zeiss lens 16-35 sn 1859983
Paralinx Ace SDI SN : 0126300609 Paralinx ACE S/N : 0126300271
WOODEN CAMERA – 239000 –
Director’s Monitor Cage V2
Blackmagic Video Assist 4K SN :4921489
Sound Devices 633 mixer with integrated 10-track recorder SN LL0515040013
6 x gopro (5 & 6)
70-200 canon zoom


If any of these items would turn up in (online) secondhand stores, online auctions or other places, please let him know or contact the police.


Jurrit Gryseels: +32475299240

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DV Camera Hire – robbery October 2018

The following items belonging to DV Camera Hire were stolen from Black Island Studios on the 19th October 2018.

1 Sony PXW-FS7 mk1 Sony PXW-FS7 4K S0100307130
1 70-200mm Canon 2.8 70-200mm 2.8 L series #341794
1 14mm Samyang T2 Cine Lenses #0698 D11312310
1 85mm Samyang lens Samyang #2019 D44933814
1 20-35mm Canon 2.8 L series #0635 2361772
1 24-105mm lens F4 L series #0690 5156884
1 Sigma 105mm Sigma 2.8 Macro #11398213
1 Blackmagic 4k video assist BM Video 4k assist #3287630



If you have any information regarding their whereabouts please contact Jason on 0207 430 1811

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Sweet TV broken into

Sweet TV were burgled on the night of the 11th/12th February 2019.

Equipment was stolen including a ProSup Tango roller – SN 350-32317.

More information will be posted here if it is made available to us but if you come across this item, please call Joe at Sweet TV.



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Items stolen on location – Procam

Procam have had the following items stolen while on hire.

Canon Cine CN-E18-80mm T4.4 (EF) -SN  94010353

Canon Cine CN-E18-80mm T4.4 (EF) -SN   94010868

Canon EF 35mm F/1.4L MKII USM Lens -SN  6710001218

Canon EF 16-35mm F/2.8L III USM Lens -SN  4810001662

Canon TS-E45mm F/2.8 Lens -SN  26002

Canon EF 24-70mm F/2.8L II USM Lens -SN  4455001407

Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS II USM Lens -SN  5413013809

Canon 8-15mm F/4L Fisheye USM -SN  8421003921

Canon EF 24-70mm F/2.8L II USM Lens -SN  9710001979

Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS II USM Lens -SN  4803008921

Metabones E – EF Speed Booster ULTRA 0.7 -SN  1012004876

Metabones E – EF Speed Booster ULTRA 0.7 -SN  1012022183

Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II USM Lens -SN  4420000089


If you have any information with regards to their whereabouts, please contact Don Grant at Procam on. 020 7622 9888 or email via



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Stolen Lenses

The following lenses have been reported to us as stolen.  If you know of their wherabouts, please contact Xhire.

ULTRAPRIME  16mm SN 8958897 ULTRAPRIME  20mm SN 8943795 ULTRAPRIME  135mm SN 8960929

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Kit stolen from a van in London NW5

The following items were stolen from a van in NW5

If you have any knowledge of the whereabouts of any of the items listed below, please contact Jon Howarth. Tel: 020 8343 1260, or Xhire 

Cooke S4i MINI (Panchro) 18mm – serial number 8018-0233
Cooke S4i MINI (Panchro) 25mm – serial number 8025-0233
Cooke S4i MINI (Panchro) 32mm – serial number 8032-0233
Cooke S4i MINI (Panchro) 50mm – serial number 8050-0233
Cooke S4i MINI (Panchro) 75mm – serial number 8075-0233
Cooke S4i MINI (Panchro) 100mm – serial number 8100-0233

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Procam / SWG3 robbery 24th August

At some point over the night of Thursday 23rd / Friday 24th August, Procam had several items of equipment stolen, from the venue SWG3 in Glasgow.


  • Sony PXW FS7 MKII         sn 0032825
  • Zacuto FS7 Recoil Rig
  • Sony XDCA Extension Unit  sn 0019069
  • Zacuto Z VCT-P Baseplate
  • Hawk-woods CA2X Adaptor
  • Hawks-wood 90wh Battery
  • Sony E Mount 28-135mm sn 5121639
  • Sachtler Video 18 Tripod sn 18P14795
  • TV Logic Monitor LVM 095 sn 095WN200292
  • TV Logic  Monitor LVM 095 sn LV095N0189
  • TV Logic Monitor  LVM 095 sn LC095N0488
  • TV Logic Monitor LVM 095 sn 095WN200050
  • Panasonic AW-HS50 Vision Mixer sn H5TBA0008
  • Atomos Shogun Flame sn K3A94SHF50H46
  • Atomos USB docking station
  • 480GB SSD
  • Timecode Buddy Mini TRX
  • AKG 542 Mic
  • Wisycom CTK-38 TX sn R3627239
  • Sound Devices MM1 Pre Amp sn 02040608017
  • Ikan iPad Teleprompter
  • iPad pro sn W7DKPH
  • Various Short BNC Cables no SN
  • Various Short XLR Cables no SN


If you have any information about the whereabouts of any of these items, please call Procam in Glasgow on  0141 4294200 and ask for Darryl Hewat.




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Michael Banfield Jailed

We are just a little bit delighted to report that one of the most prolific sources of fraud in our industry has, courtesy of the City of London Police’s investigation, been jailed for seven and a half years.

This conviction would not have happened without the information gathered and shared by X-hire members.

It’s plainly and simply just great, great news.
Michael Banfield Jailed

More on this case from the City of London Police, here:

Multi-million pound international film industry fraud sees men sentenced to more than seven years
London man sentenced to seven and a half years for committing £2.1 million fraud after stealing equipment from companies working in the film industry
City of London Police’s Fraud Squad investigation uncovered crimes spanning eight countries and nine companies
Accomplice Jamie Jackson was sentenced to a 12 month suspended sentence on 5 July 2018
A London man was sentenced to seven and a half years on Friday 6 July 2018 at Southwark Crown Court for committing fraud by false representation after attempting to steal equipment across eight countries from nine companies working in the film industry.

The case was originally taken on by the former London Regional Fraud Team and passed to the City of London Police’s Fraud Squad in March 2017. The Fraud Squad’s investigation into Michael Banfield, 36, of Buchanan Gardens, Kensal Green, London, found that he had been instrumental in taking £2.1 million worth of equipment from hire companies between June and November 2014.

The complex fraud involved a network of shell companies and fraudulently using legitimate company details to obtain filming equipment which was never returned.

An accomplice, Jamie Jackson, 28, of Wigram Way, Stevenage was sentenced to a 12 month suspended sentence on 5 July 2018 for his part as a courier of the equipment.

The three companies

Between June and December 2014, Banfield used the identities of three companies to obtain equipment from the nine victim companies.

One of the company identities used in the fraud was registered as a limited company in September 2013 and dissolved in May 2015. Banfield was unsuccessful in his attempt to obtain equipment when he contacted one filming equipment hire company using this limited company’s name.

The second company identity, used by Banfield between June and July 2014, was a legitimate company; its owners and staff had no part in his crimes. However, Banfield used the company’s identity and false names to contact the victim’s directly to hire equipment.

A third company name, World Wide Broadcast Solutions Ltd (WWBS) was registered as a limited company in January 2014.

How did it work?

In order to give the companies legitimacy, Banfield falsely obtained insurance documentation and provided false names using fraudulent identity documents. He also used pay as you go mobile phones without named subscribers to contact victims and used stolen bank card information. He then assisted in providing this false information to couriers and transported them to airports before they attended the victim’s premises.

Banfield successfully collected film hire equipment from companies based in the UK, South Africa, Canada and the USA, and subsequently failed to return it. He then assisted in the attempt to sell the equipment online using the WWBS company name. At least 15 items were advertised for sale online during August 2014 and one sale is known to have been successful. The equipment taken from the victim companies has never been found.

The fraud unravels

On 28 April 2015, a search was carried out at Banfield’s home address during which paperwork and mobile phones were seized. Evidence identified that a storage unit was used to store the stolen equipment, which had been set up by Banfield, using an alias to do so. A bank account in the name of this alias was registered at Banfield’s home and the telephone number linked to the bank account was attributed to Banfield. He attended a voluntary interview at Bishopsgate Police Station in the City on 11 May 2015.

The accomplice, Jamie Jackson, acted as a courier for the stolen equipment in one of the offences in November 2014. Jackson was arrested and searched on 5 November 2015 at the premises of one of the victim companies where he was attempting to collect equipment on behalf of WWBS. A mobile phone was seized which contained a text message referring to the collection of the equipment and to WWBS. A business card for WWBS was also seized.

Detective Constable Daniel Ward of the City of London Police’s Fraud Squad said: “The global scale of the investigation, along with the significant losses, false identification and frequent use of unregistered mobile phones by the suspects made this a complex case to investigate.

“The sentence received by Banfield today shows the severity with which we treat these offences; it should act as a warning to those looking to commit fraud that they will be caught, no matter how far their crimes spread.”

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Theft from Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel.

The following assets which have been stolen on Thursday Night/Friday 13th April 2018 Morning from Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel.


1x Sony PMW-400 (Serial Number:- 62712959)

1x Fujinon XA16x8A-XB8A 1:1.9/8-128mm Lens (Serial Number:- D62001913)

2x Sony DX ( ES-9/2 ) ENDURA-HL9S BATTERY (Serial Numbers:- CY32502, CY32501)


2x Sony MEAD-SD02 Media Adaptor (Serial Numbers:- 22727, 22730)


1x Shure QLX-D Receiver (Serial Number:- 2PA1278180-01)


2x Shure ULX-D Handheld c/w Beta58 head (Serial Number:- 20A1394169-01, 2NJ3048862-01)


Contact Paul Robson on 07770 372727 if you have knowledge of the whereabouts of any of these items.




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Van stolen with a large amount of kit

A Mandata van was stolen last night containing the following items belonging to Picture Canning North.

If you come across any of the items listed below, contact us, or Picture Canning directly here:


1x RED Epic-W w/ Helium Sensor – S/N 4072

1x ARRI Alexa Mini – S/N 20103 (EVF – 6681)

1x Preston FI (no microforce) – S/Ns:

– MDR-3 – 1748

– HU3 – 2845

– DM2 Motor – 6327

– DM2 Motor – 6337

1x WCU-4 / CForce Mini Kit – S/Ns:

– WCU-4 – 6675

– AMC-1 – 6168

– Cforce Mini Motor – 3027

– Cforce Mini Motor – 2022

– Cforce Plus Motor – 6133

– L-CUB-1 – 2760


1x Cinetape – 30501

1x Magliner Senior

1x Magliner Monitor Mounting Bracket

1x Set of MCS Handle Bars

1x 4×5.65 Tiffen Optical Flat

1x Set of 4×5.65 IR NDs (1.5-2.1)

1x 4×5.65 Polariser

1x ARRI / Zeiss 14mm Ultra Prime – S/N 8949996

1x Denz OIC-35-A Pentafinder – S/N 094

1x Set of Zeiss CP.3 XD Primes – S/N:

– 18mm – 50078749

– 25mm – 50081756

– 35mm – 50084768

– 50mm – 50085256

– 85mm – 50087743

– 100mm – 50089750

1x 2.5k ARRI HMI

1x 1.2k ARRI HMI

1x HMI Stand

1x Flag Kit

1x M18 Chimera, scrims and speedring

1x TV Logic 17” Monitor – S/N LV173GM0913

1x Atomos Samurai Blade – B5A94SMB51B69

1x TV Logic 5.6” Monitor – F1200708

2x BNC Drums

8x BNC Cables

1x Teradek Sidekick Version 1

1x IDX Endura Cue D95 Charger – S/N 10962

6x IDX Endura Cue D95 Batteries – S/Ns B61K0098, B61K0125, B61G1125, B61G0055, B61G1007, B61K0152

4x Hawkwoods 14.4 Block Batteries

2x Hawkwoods 14.4v Block Battery Chargers – S/Ns XG0350 & XG0351

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