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Oxford musician Chad Valley stranded in US after van looted

Chad Valley on stage at T in the Park
Image caption Hugo Manuel is without musical instruments or fresh clothes on his US tour

A British musician is stranded in the US without a passport, clothes or instruments after his tour van was looted.

Chad Valley, whose real name is Hugo Manuel, was touring with American bands Blackbird Blackbird and Shallou.

The groups have since raised $7,000 (£5,000) through a crowd funding site to get new instruments following the theft in San Antonio, Texas.

Mr Manuel, of Oxford, called the response "incredible and heartwarming".

The tour van was broken into in a car park in the city on Sunday, not far from the Alamo World Heritage Site.

Mr Manuel, a singer, also had a laptop and cash stolen.

Image copyright AP Photo/Eric Gay
Image caption The tour van was parked near the Alamo World Heritage Site in San Antonio

In a joint statement the bands said: "Hugo of Chad Valley now only has the clothes on his back, his wallet, and phone.

"Unfortunately our gear was not insured so we are left with nothing."

Speaking to fans on his Facebook page about the donations, Mr Manuel said the money meant the bands could continue the tour, and he had been "blown away by the kindness of friends and strangers alike".

He added: "Thank you all so much. I am truly indebted to you all."

Contributors to the fund have left goodwill messages online.

Lori Smithers said: "I'm so sorry that this happened to you and in my hometown.

"We are not all bad and I hope it doesn't make you think poorly of our fine city."

Libby Casas added: "Most people are good. Too bad you caught the attention of the bad apples in San Antonio. Hope you'll be on the road again soon."

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