The Happy Mondays frontman's car is used as a getaway vehicle in a raid on a fish and chip shop...

Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder‘s car has been used as the getaway car in an armed robbery – after it was stolen from outside a friend’s house near Manchester.

Ryder‘s Volkswagen Corrado, which was stolen on April 26 in Salford, was found abandoned nearby last Saturday (May 6).

Greater Manchester Police confirmed that the car was used in a raid on the Salford branch of Harry Ramsden’s fish and chip restaurant on May 3, where three men escaped with approximately #7,000 in cash after threatening a security guard with a knife.

Police are still investigating the raid.

A close friend of Shaun‘s explained to nme.com what happened. He said: “Shaun had been round my house to pick up a box of clothes. We went out to the pub for about an hour, and when we came back the car had been nicked, a real pro job. It was all done in the space of an hour. It doesn’t seem to make any sense because all the cars around his were dead posh. Maybe he’s cursed!”

Happy Mondays are scheduled to support Oasis on their stadium tour of the UK and Ireland this summer, calling at:

Dublin Lansdowne Road (July 8) Bolton Reebok Stadium (July 15 &16)London Wembley Stadium (July21 & 22)Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium (July 29)

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