Businessman offers reward after club raid

Phil Taylor and John Martin at Goose Green social club

Phil Taylor and John Martin at Goose Green social club

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A WIGAN businessman is offering a reward after burglars stole around £10,000 of music equipment from a club he is planning to reopen.

John Martin has made an offer of £500 for any information about an incident in which amplifiers and other speakers were taken from Goose Green Sports and Social Club on Friday night.

Mr Martin says the offenders entered the Little Lane venue, which closed on New Year’s Day, through a fire escape before stealing equipment stored on the club’s stage.

Mr Martin, who is also a cabaret star and former director of Wigan rugby league club, says he hopes to reopen the 550-seater club at the end of the month despite the latest setback.

He said: “Phil Taylor, who is going to be the general manager when it re-opens, has spent a lot of time down here working on the plumbing, the bathrooms, because it was left like a bomb site.

“We were installing the new sound system ready for opening and now we might have to shell out on replacing it. It’s a setback, but we’re still hoping to open at the end of this month.”

Mr Martin hopes to return the venue to its glory days as a cabaret club, when it was one of the borough’s most popular night spots.

Speculation about the club’s future intensified when it was recently offered for sale online, but Mr Martin reassured people the club would not change hands for the foreseeable future.

He sid: “We are in this in business, so if someone comes in and gives us a fee I am going to sell it. However, any deal will need at least 12 months with planning permission, so it will certainly be a venue for entertainment and cabaret for at least a year.”

Officers from Greater Manchester Police visited yesterday, and inquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information should contact Mr Martin on 07570 290735.