Robbers target OAP at dance school reception

The Rose Club, Atherton Road, Hindley - scene of a robbery

The Rose Club, Atherton Road, Hindley - scene of a robbery

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DETECTIVES have launched a manhunt after a ballroom dancing school was robbed.

The man, struck at the Hurst Dance Studios in Hindley on Wednesday evening and made off with hundreds of pounds.

Police today launched an appeal for information about the terrifying raid.

Instructor Philip Hurst was taking a class in the function room at The Rose Club (formerly The Monaco Ballroom), when the men burst into the front entrance before confronting Mr Hurst’s elderly mother who collects payments from members.

They threatened her, before making off with the night’s takings. No-one was injured in the incident.

Mr Hurst would only say: “Two young lads ran in and grabbed the cash tin . It was only a minor incident and nobody was hurt in any way.”

A spokesman for The Rose Club said that this was the first such incident that they had suffered since taking over the running of the former Monaco Ballroom from the council.

She said: “We have never had anything like this happen since we have been in charge of The Rose Club and Mr Hurst tells us it has never happened to him before either.

“It is thankfully a very, very isolated incident.

“Phil has been dealing with the police so we don’t have any identification information about the men who took the money.

“We will look into what has happened and see if any procedures need improving on because obviously there is always room for improvement.”

A source said: “The man gave this lady a bad time and she must have been terrified.

“It would be a scary thing for a young person, never mind a pensioner but these people have no morals at all, do they?”

No description of the offender or any suspects have so far been given.

But a spokesman for Wigan CID said: “At around 8.30pm on Wednesday February 15, police were called to Atherton Road, Hindley, following reports a man had stolen money from the property.

“On arrival, officers discovered that a man had taken a cash box from an elderly woman and escaped on a bike.

“Inquiries are ongoing.

“Anyone with information should phone police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.”