Thieves steal charity cash from Burnley salon

Liam Hogan outside his salon which was broken into during Sunday night.
Liam Hogan outside his salon which was broken into during Sunday night.

A “low-life” thief broke into a Burnley hairdressers and stole cash from collection boxes for breast cancer and dementia charities, as well as £500 worth of salon equipment.

Old Fashioned Traditional Barbering and Image Hair and Beauty’s joint salon on Hargreaves Street was broken into some time between 4pm last Sunday and 1.30pm on Monday.

Low life is how I’d describe hom or them – I could think of other words, but I shouldn’t say

Liam Hogan, owner of Old Fashioned Traditional Barbering

The thief, or thieves, smashed a window panel low down on the side of the building before carrying out an untidy ransacking of the salon.

Cash from the till, eight new GHD hair straighteners and dryers and the owner’s MacBook Pro laptop were taken.

Shockingly, collection boxes and tins for the Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Action For Dementia were also stolen

Liam Hogan, the owner of Old Fashioned Traditional Barbering, went to work on Monday morning and found the side window broken, with desks, drawers and worktops hastily looted.

He was shocked and saddened by the incident – particularly because of the theft of the charity money.

“I thought because there are cameras everywhere and because it’s a main street people wouldn’t do this,” he said.

“I don’t think they’re going to catch him – he didn’t show up on the CCTV camera across the street or on any from around town.

“All in all, the straighteners and the dryers that were taken would’ve cost between £400 and £500, but that’s not really the point.

“It’s just not good, is it?”

Liam posted pictures from the break-in on Facebook to appeal for information, and encourages people to be vigilant of any GHD hair straighteners or dryers being sold.

“It’s just not good, is it?” said Liam.

“We even had tins with charity money that the thief took the time to open with a tin opener. Low life is how I’d describe hom or them – I could think of other words, but I shouldn’t say.”

Burnley Police say the incident is under investigation and encourage anyone with information to call the police non-emergency line on 101 and quote the reference code EF1506955