Burglar alarm 'ignored' as hair salon suffers break-in
THE owner of a city centre hair salon has been left devastated after a break-in.
Thieves stole £800 of charity cash, £200 in takings, and eight hair straighteners worth £900 after getting into Essensuals, in Long Row, through a first-floor window.
The break-in happened between 5.30pm on Sunday, March 25, and 9.30am on Monday, March 26.
Salon owner Heidi Hamilton said the break-in activated the salon's alarm, but the incident was not reported until a stylist found the salon ransacked on Monday morning and called the police.
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"I was absolutely devastated," she said.
"These crooks did a horrible thing. We spent the rest of the day trying to tidy it up."
Mrs Hamilton said she was surprised the police had not been called to the incident earlier. "I can't believe no one reacted to our alarm going off in the city centre.
"It must have still been fairly light outside and there would have been people in town, but no one bothered to phone the cops."
To boost security, Mrs Hamilton has now had a louder alarm installed to prevent similar incidents in the future.
The £800 had been raised as part of a 24-hour hair-styling marathon, which was held last monthto raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Staff at the salon continued to collect donations throughout the month and had just finished counting up the cash. The event was held in memory of senior stylist Ashley Garsden's grandfather Albert Benson. Mrs Hamilton described the event as "a great success" and said she hoped the stolen money would be covered by the insurance.
Police are investigating the incident. They are currently examining CCTV images and are urging anyone with any information to contact them on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.