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Defiant Shop Owner Determined To Persevere

Friday November 22 2013


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A DEFIANT shop owner is determined to go through with his planned extension - despite suffering a third break-in in two years.

Two hairdressers on the Wombwell's High Street were broken into recently.

The relatively new business His 'n' Hers had the shutters pulled up and glass smashed whilst L.A.K.A were hit when their fire exit was levered open.

Andy Boyne, the owner of L.A.K.A, remains determined to open up a ladies and children's shoe shop in the back of his current store.

"I've persuaded the wife that we should stay," said Andy, who comes from outside Manchester.

"After the second break-in we did say that if it happened again then we would move but we want to go ahead and we will put in some expensive security cameras. It will be worth it."

Thieves previously got in through the roof of the building and Andy feels the culprit was familiar with hairdressing products.

"The chair that we have looks really heavy but it's actually hollow and it was thrown into the middle of the room as though they were checking to see if there was anything in it," he added.

"The place was turned upside down. I had £1,000 worth of electrical products stolen but we've put a message out on Facebook for people to look out for anyone trying to sell them.

"They're specialist products from London, they're not something that's available in Barnsley so they should stand out."

A large number of shops on the street have been broken into within the last year and Sgt Phil Jenkins is calling on local businesses to 'beef up' their security systems if they can afford to.

He said: "Unfortunately small businesses are always going to be vulnerable.

"The banks, the post office and the supermarkets don't have burglaries because they're protected.

"A good alarm system should be a bare minimum. We have been around all the shops and told them not to leave anything out when they close.

"We patrol the high street relentlessly but we can't be there all the time and it only takes a moment to break in."

Police are to study CCTV footage in the area and are also appealing for witnesses.

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Reply Posted by jan on Saturday November 23 2013 at 03:20
beef up your security system..... does anyone even bother bout an alarm going off these days? cctv.... expensive edition to security, recommended... but then the picture is never clear enuf to prosecute. no wonder shops are closing, the police not doing enuf

Reply Posted by Sonny Bono on Monday November 25 2013 at 08:41
Poor LAKA!! They do amazing mens hair cuts too, really trendy.
Hope they stay where they are, don't let a few thieving druggies get you down

Reply Posted by Rob on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 18:12
Agree with Jan, the police should be putting extra measure to prevent it!

Reply Posted by Laura on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 18:17
You can get decent CCTV system for £200 that send alerts & stills to your iPhone. Don't be beat by today's scum.