A photographer has appealed for help to trace thousands of pounds worth of camera gear stolen during in a break in just days before a charity photo shoot.

The missing gear includes a Nikon D800E

Michael Becket has warned photographers to be on the lookout for cameras and lenses thought to be worth more than £6,000 stolen from his London home.

Becket wants photographers and dealers to be made aware of the missing Leica, Nikon and Sony items because the culprits may try to sell them.

He told Amateur Photographer: ‘This is a warning that some pond life burgled my flat and stole these cameras, just one week before I was due to do a photoshoot for a Notting Hill charity.’

He added: ‘If you are offered any of these cameras or lenses, please call the police.’

Anyone who can help is urged to call the police on 101, quoting crime reference number 5607706/16.

The stolen items:

Nikon D600 camera (serial number: 8802219)

Nikon D800E camera (8021799)

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S ED lens (380096)

Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S ED lens (2007952)

Sony Alpha 6000 camera (3905039)

Sony 26-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (3651771)

Leica M4-P camera (either 1543754 or 1547653)

Leitz Summilux 50mm f/1.4 lens (2028302)