A stockman who ventured to Shipley for a shearing course is appealing for information after his tools were stolen in the middle of the night. 

Norfolk-based Jason Shorten, 32, was staying at the IBIS Hotel in Shipley on June 2 when his truck was broken into between 1.30am and 7.30am.

The tools alone are worth about £2500 but it could cost him £10,000 in booked work.

He said: "This is my life’s work, my income, my passion, my heart and soul... gone.

"We travelled up here for a shearing course to improve our skills and to better ourselves and some sad people/individual will never know what grief they have caused.

"I feel upset and angry as the chances are the people who stole it have no idea what they have stolen."

Three hand pieces (1 Supershear, 2 Horner), combs and cutters (Longhorn and Supershear) were stolen in two black tool boxes as well as one Horner Bluey Machine in a bright orange metal box.

The Aylsham resident has expressed his gratitude after the shearing community rallied round and loaned equipment until he could get up and running again. 

He said: "We cannot thank everyone enough for the support. We really can’t."

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting crime reference number 20190602-0503.