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Panto reindeer head stolen from car in Belfast

A reindeer head used in a Belfast pantomime has been stolen

THE "gutted" producer of a pantomime has appealed for information after a £500 reindeer head used in the production was stolen from his car in Belfast city centre.

The hand-made head, which is part of a costume worn by a character in The Frozen Princess, being performed at the Waterfront Hall, was stolen this morning.

Producer Liam McMullan, who works for GBL Productions, said the head was taken from his unlocked car on Donegall Street in Belfast city centre when he went to pay for parking.

Mr McMullan said the theft happened at around 10.30am.

"I had picked up the costume, went to the closest pay machine about six cars away, put the money in to get the ticket and when I came back the head was gone," he said.

"Nothing else was lifted. I didn't have anything else in the car apart from my coffee cup. I don't know who would want a reindeer head."

He said the theatre company is desperately hoping that the head will be found before the pantomime's next performance on Saturday afternoon.

"We're absolutely gutted," he said.

"Our costume designer rang us today to see what we're going to do. All our costumes are hand-made and can be quite expensive. The reindeer headpiece cost about £500. Either it's found or we'll have to think of an alternative.

"We've a bit of faith here in the office."

The pantomime runs until January 4.

Anyone with information has been asked to email Mr McMullan at liam@gblproductions.com

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