Gang stop £1,000 raid for a drink

Basil Newby at the Funny Girls bar where theives stole �1000 worth of alcohol on Saturday night

Basil Newby at the Funny Girls bar where theives stole �1000 worth of alcohol on Saturday night

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BRAZEN thieves stole £1,000 worth of booze from a Blackpool nightclub – but not before settling down for a drink in the venue first.

Three men broke into Funny Girls through a fire exit and used a bottle skip to clear the club’s bar of bottles of Champagne, spirits and wine.

Owner Basil Newby said the thieves had sat on a couch inside the club drinking bottles of beer before emptying the shelves and carrying the blue bottle skip to a taxi outside where they made their getaway.

He said: “The cheeky things have had a drink at the bar while they were at it. They’d sat on the couch with bottles and left glasses around.

“They filled a skip with bottles of champagne, wine, and main-line spirits like vodka, brandy and whiskey.

“They’ve got £1,000 of stock – someone is having a good party somewhere!

“It makes me mad to think they’ve got away with it.

“They went out of the fire door and got in a black taxi.

“The taxi driver must have thought what on earth were they doing with a skip at 4.30am.”

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The men struck around on Saturday after Funny Girls had closed but Flamingos, which is based in the same building, was still open.

They broke in through a fire door on Springfield Road and used a blue skip three feet by three feet belonging to the club to carry their load out of the venue.

They were seen getting into a taxi – with the skip – at the junction of Lord Street and Springfield Road.

Security staff discovered the fire door had been broken while carrying out their nightly patrols.

They searched the club and discovered the fridges had been cleared and three bottles of beer had been drunk in the bar.

Police have launched an investigation and are now appealing for anyone with information about the break-in to come forward.

They would like to speak to the taxi driver who picked the men up in particular.

PC Andy Gilmore from Blackpool Police said: “We are trying to trace the driver of a black “bomber” style taxi and would appeal to anybody with any information about this theft or for the driver of the taxi to come forward.

“I must stress it is quite possible that the driver of the taxi was completely unaware of the theft but I would appeal for them to contact us as they may have vital information that could assist with our investigation.”

Extra security has now been installed in Funny Girls.

Mr Newby added: “Someone, a taxi driver, is bound to know something.

“You’d think someone would have seen them with a skip. It’s maddening. We fixed the fire door and put new alarms and CCTV cameras in.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Lancashire Police on 101 or the Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.