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DJ in appeal for return of stolen hats after Archway home break in

Caps with ‘sentimental value off the scale’ were taken during burglary at 48-year-old’s home

01 December, 2017 — By Emily Finch

Graham Russell wearing one of the vintage hats that was stolen during the recent burglary at his Archway home

A DJ has appealed for the safe return of his beloved vintage hats after they were stolen from his Archway home.

Graham Russell, who runs a monthly “punkabilly” club night and dons his hats when spinning records, discovered his house in Sussex Way had been broken into two weeks ago after returning home from work.

“The burglars were able to gain entry to the building and then literally kick a hole in the hallway wall, push the wardrobe out of the way and crawl into my flat,” said 48-year-old Mr Russell, who works for a charity. “There was a gaping hole in the wall, my door was wide open and the place had been completely ransacked.”

Mr Russell’s laptop and iPad, which contained irreplaceable photos, were stolen in the raid but he is most concerned about his hats as “the sentimental value is off the scale”.

He said: “They’re tied up with memories of going to the annual Viva Las Vegas rockabilly weekender in Las Vegas, or trips to San Francisco. I’m not exactly loaded, so these hats were carefully made choices with significance to me.”

Mr Russell says his hats are important to him when DJing at his nights in Dalston.

“I always make an effort to look good and dress up,” he said. “It’s just part of the rockabilly ethos. My quiff bit the dust years ago, so now I tend to wear hats. DJing bare-headed this month just felt so wrong.”

A charcoal-grey biker cap, a vintage fez, and two leopard-print flat caps were stolen.

“It’s almost two weeks later and I still wake up angry pretty much every day,” added Mr Russell. “I alternate between rage and depression and feeling helpless because there’s nothing I can really do. It feels unfair.”

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