Burglars ransack music studios

Musical Strings owner John Aldridge
Musical Strings owner John Aldridge

A musician and businessman has spoken of his heartbreak after burglars smashed their way into his studios and stole a massive haul of equipment.

Three expensive guitars, sets of microphones, audio equipment and a laptop were among the items taken from Musical Strings in Leigh in the raid.

It’s just devastating. We thought the place was secure but what is secure these days? They’re coming through the walls and roof, it’s insane. What can you do?

John Aldridge

Offenders removed bricks from the wall of a ginnel at the side of the Charles Street studios and then got through windows which had steel bars on them to gain entry.

Musical Strings owner John Aldridge says the break-in has caused huge inconvenience both to his teaching business and his work in a band and also left him fearful the burglars will return.

John, 37, said: “We had steel bars over the window in the toilet but they’ve managed to get through that and kicked the doors into two studios.

“A lot of stuff has gone, including a gold disc of the Beatles album Revolver which was on the wall, three very expensive guitars and a Berghaus rucksack that was lying around in the back room.

“We’re also quite lucky because we had more gear and things like the speakers and amps must have been too big to get out through the window.

“We’ve had to take everything out of the studio in case they come back. It has really affected us, we’re in a band and can’t play our gigs and it’s distressing for the kids to come for their lessons when the doors are smashed in.

“We’re trying to make it as normal as possible to reassure people, but to be honest we’re thinking about boarding all the windows up just to keep in business.

“It’s just devastating. We thought the place was secure but what is secure these days? They’re coming through the walls and roof, it’s insane. What can you do?”

The break-in occurred some time between 9.45pm on Monday November, 14 and 3.45pm on Tuesday, November 15.

The guitars which were stolen are a sunburst-coloured Fender Telecaster 3, a Fender Jaguar Bass in wine red and a bright orange semi-acoustic Gretsch 5120.

John is currently offering a £100 reward for anyone who has information about their whereabouts.

He has since been trawling second-hand shops around Leigh in case the offenders try to sell the gear and asking businesses to keep their eyes open for the missing gear.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information should ring 101 or contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.