Stage school is targeted by burglars

Brian Parkinson outside Balloons Galore and Gillies Mar-Jan Stage School

Brian Parkinson outside Balloons Galore and Gillies Mar-Jan Stage School

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A stage school and shop are counting the cost after being targeted by burglars.

Gillies Mar-Jan Stage School and Balloons Galore, which share a building on Chorley Road, Adlington, near Chorley, were broken into on Monday night or early on Tuesday morning.

“I was absolutely gutted. I couldn’t believe it.”

Brian Parkinson

The burglars forced open a window at the back of the building to get inside.

They then looked through both units and stole around £1,000 in cash, which included the takings from a zumba class and money from the shop’s till.

Also stolen were an iPad and iPod, which contained music used for dance lessons and exams held in the studio.

The thieves even looked through bags containing children’s dancewear and inside cupboards.

Brian Parkinson, who owns the units and runs Balloons Galore, discovered the burglary. He said: “I was absolutely gutted. I couldn’t believe it.”

He is particularly concerned about the theft of the iPod and iPad containing music.

Brian said: “They have taken the music we have built up over the years. We will have to try to get it all again. It’s specialist music because it’s music which they learn to dance to for exams. It’s not Take That or Girls Aloud, it’s specialist music for a dance studio.”

The break-in happened between 9pm on Monday and 8am on Tuesday.

It was reported to the police and crime scene officers attended on Tuesday morning.

An appeal for witnesses was posted on the stage school’s Facebook page on Tuesday and has been shared more than 350 times.

Security has now been stepped up at the site.

There was a burglary on the same night at Runshaw College’s site on Euxton Lane, Chorley, but police say there is nothing to suggest they are linked at this stage.

Four people spent 20 minutes walking around the college’s site at around 9.25pm on Monday, before using a large fence post or something similar to prise open metal bars on a window at the rear of the premises and get inside.

They stole 17 desktop computers, passing them to someone waiting outside, before driving away.

Anyone with information about either of the burglaries is asked to call Lancashire Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.