Yobs target Padiham businesses twice in two weeks

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Mindless yobs have targeted a group of Padiham businesses, including a charity shop set up in memory of teenager Hayley Barker .

The vandals smashed the front window of Krafters Korner, which shares a unit with Hayley’s Hugs and Whimsical Want, on Thursday evening.

It came after an attempted break-in at the same site overnight on Sunday, April 19th. Nothing was stolen on either occasion.

Kate Emmerson, who runs Krafters Korners and hires out units within the complex, said she could not understand why anybody would target small businesses trying to make the town a better place.

“It’s very disheartening. We’re now talking about upping the security across Padiham. All we want is a bit of support from Burnley Council. A bit of support to help make this town a superb place.

“The first time, two weeks ago, it was an attempted break-in. They’ve tried to crowbar the door but it’s slipped and they’ve ended up smashing the bottom half of the window.

“On Thursday, the bottom half was still boarded up and they’ve come along and just smashed the top half. A girl in the last upstairs has heard a smash at around 8-30pm. It was still daylight.”

Hayley’s Hugs, which is housed within the same complex, was set up after brave Hayley Barker, a former pupil of St John’s RC Primary School in Padiham, died aged just 17 following a lengthy battle with leukaemia.

Only this week her family announced plans to open a holiday home for sick and terminally ill children in memory of Hayley.

Anybody with any information on either incident can contact the police on 101 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.