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Anger from Spalding businesses after break-in

Two Spalding businesses have raised fears about crime in the town after a hair salon was broken into and items stolen.

A person or gang broke through a back door to get into Carmen Hair Salon, in Sheep Market, before stealing a hair dryer, clippers and sweets overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday.

Carmen Hair Salon in Sheep Market, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG090518-111TW. (1928649)
Carmen Hair Salon in Sheep Market, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG090518-111TW. (1928649)

Just three days earlier, an attempted break-in took place at the Polish Help Centre, in Abbey Path, where a CCTV camera had been moved and someone had forced the front door open overnight between Saturday and Sunday.

Thieves broke into Carmen Hair Salon through its back door. (1928808)
Thieves broke into Carmen Hair Salon through its back door. (1928808)

Tomas Didiul, whose mum runs the hair salon, said: “It’s the second time that someone has got in over the last six months.

“The first time was around Christmastime when they took laptops, clippers, a TV that was on the wall and about £1,000 in cash.

“Since then, nothing of value has been kept at the salon so they didn’t take a lot this time.

“But they did throw everything around and left behind a mess.”

It was also the second attack within six months on the help centre where mobile phones, a vacuum cleaner, food and cash were stolen in November 2017.

A Polish Help Centre spokesman said: “We found out on Sunday morning when it was noticed that one of the CCTV cameras had been moved.

“There were also marks on the door which looked as if somebody had tried to open it with a crowbar.

“However, this time they couldn’t get in but there’s still that feeling you get when someone has got into your property and it’s horrible.”

Abbey Path and Sheep Market became a break-in hotspots between October 2017 and January 2018 when The Lighthouse Project shop, The Polish Help Centre and Classic News were all targeted, the latter on four separate occasions during the period.

The spokesman said: “It’s just getting ridiculous as these criminals just do what want and break into where they want, when they want.

“Yet nothing is being done and most of the business owners here feel as if they’ve been left alone.

“We’re going to talk to them because something has to be done and someone has to help us.”

Lincolnshire Police confirmed that the burglary at Carmen Hair Salon, reported between December 23 and 24, 2017, is still being investigated but no one has been arrested yet.

Anyone with information about the latest break-in and attempted burglary should call 101, quoting incident(s) 189 of May 9 (hair salon) and/or 269 of May 7.


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