Hairdresser’s shock at second burglary

Hayley Whatton and Emmarella Passaro, of the What Woman Want hair salon who previously had all their charity money stolen

Hayley Whatton and Emmarella Passaro, of the What Woman Want hair salon who previously had all their charity money stolen

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @Michael_Benke

AN OLD Town hair salon has been targeted by thieves for the second time in just over two months.

The owner of What Women Want in Victoria Road arrived at the shop yesterday to find the door broken and the place ransacked.

It is believed the burglars took more than £1,000 worth of stock as well as several charity tins for charity Prostate Cancer UK.

In December more than £1,600 in cash destined for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer UK was taken during a charity event.

Owner Hayley Whatton, 35, said she was shocked when she first arrived yesterday morning and that feeling soon turned into frustration.

She said: “When I arrived in the morning I saw the door had been forced. As soon as I walked in I could see everything had been taken.

“They have cleared out everything on the shelves behind the till and got into the store room at the back.

“I’m just angry and can’t believe we have been burgled again.

“The police have footprints this time though, so hopefully we can catch them.

“I need to buy in more stock again but as of Friday we will be open as normal.”

The first time the salon was burgled they were holding a charity hair cutting session and went for a break in the middle of the night.

When they returned a few hours later all the money they had raised was gone.

Despite her determination to open today, Hayley is having doubts over the long term future of the salon.

“To be honest I’m thinking about packing it in,” she said. “This is the second time we have been hit and it’s just so disappointing.

“There is the financial aspect of having to replace everything and seemingly start again. I don’t know if I want to carry on.”

Police attended to the scene and did a forensic sweep of the premises to hunt for clues.

A spokesman said: “We received a call from the owner shortly after 9.20am on Thursday after reports of a break in overnight.

“It appears they forced their way in through the front door and carried out an untidy search, taking some stock with them.

“We would appeal for anyone in the Victoria Road area on Wednesday night or the early hours of Thursday morning who might have seen something to contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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8:10am Fri 7 Feb 14

ChannelX says...

Easy money. Those who have burgled the place know they won't be sent to prison even in the unlikely event they're arrested and brought before our local court.
Easy money. Those who have burgled the place know they won't be sent to prison even in the unlikely event they're arrested and brought before our local court. ChannelX
  • Score: 14

8:12am Fri 7 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

they should call it "Hair today, gone tomorrow"
they should call it "Hair today, gone tomorrow" house on the hill
  • Score: -11

8:46am Fri 7 Feb 14

stfcdod says...

Quite alarming.
Quite alarming. stfcdod
  • Score: 7

4:54pm Fri 7 Feb 14

DLP OldTown says...

Sorry to say this sort of thing is on the increase, fitting door and window shutters seem to be the only answer against these thieving B#####ds.
Sorry to say this sort of thing is on the increase, fitting door and window shutters seem to be the only answer against these thieving B#####ds. DLP OldTown
  • Score: 4

8:14pm Fri 7 Feb 14

msw says...

I question £1600 ???? seems a lot of money to fit in a small charity tin or two that if you have ever collected normally gets filled with copper with the odd £1 and foreign coin chucked in to boot... Just saying. Why did they not invest in a burglar alarm etc........
I question £1600 ???? seems a lot of money to fit in a small charity tin or two that if you have ever collected normally gets filled with copper with the odd £1 and foreign coin chucked in to boot... Just saying. Why did they not invest in a burglar alarm etc........ msw
  • Score: 1

12:23pm Mon 10 Feb 14

CocoaClown says...

msw wrote:
I question £1600 ???? seems a lot of money to fit in a small charity tin or two that if you have ever collected normally gets filled with copper with the odd £1 and foreign coin chucked in to boot... Just saying. Why did they not invest in a burglar alarm etc........
I believe the £1600 was from the charity event they ran a couple of months ago.

In any event, the people/person that done it first time were probably known to the police and got away with it so why not have another pop? Again even if they are caught they will get a smack across the hand and sent on their way.

I feel for these ladies. They are just trying to run a business. I do hope that the scum don't put them off and they continue. It would be a shame to have another empty shop.
[quote][p][bold]msw[/bold] wrote: I question £1600 ???? seems a lot of money to fit in a small charity tin or two that if you have ever collected normally gets filled with copper with the odd £1 and foreign coin chucked in to boot... Just saying. Why did they not invest in a burglar alarm etc........[/p][/quote]I believe the £1600 was from the charity event they ran a couple of months ago. In any event, the people/person that done it first time were probably known to the police and got away with it so why not have another pop? Again even if they are caught they will get a smack across the hand and sent on their way. I feel for these ladies. They are just trying to run a business. I do hope that the scum don't put them off and they continue. It would be a shame to have another empty shop. CocoaClown
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