Masked thugs were heard to shout ‘oh s***’ and ‘was that the right one?’ after smashing up a salon just days after lockdown eased.
Becky Pattison, 21, has been left devastated after her salon Nails by Becky P was trashed less than a week after she could serve customers once again.
The struggling young businesswoman has now been left petrified and with a bill of several thousand pounds following the random and unprovoked attack, the motive for which is unclear, the MEN reports.
It happened while the salon, on Buxton Road in Great Moor, which offers nail, eyebrow and make-up services, was closed late on Sunday, April 18.
At about 9:15pm an eyewitness said they saw two men wearing balaclavas approach the shop and throw four bricks through the front window.
One of the men was also said to be filming on his phone before they both fled.
They were heard to shout ‘oh s***’ and ‘was that the right one?’ as the eyewitness approached them.
Becky was alerted to the attack and dashed to her shop only to find the front window smashed, with glass strewn and other damage caused inside.
She was forced to close for two days while the mess was cleaned up, meaning she lost vital business in just her second week of re-opening.
“I’m just devastated” she said. “Really shocked and scared.
“I had only just been able to work again after four months off so this was the last thing I needed.
“I’ve no idea why it happened – it was completely unprovoked. Which makes it worse in a way.
“I haven’t been in an argument or anything like that. I know sometimes beauty salons are easy targets because they mostly don’t have shutters.
“But I’m just really scared it will happen again now.”
As well as the window blinds, screens in the waiting area were damaged. The cost of the window repair will be covered by her insurance but other damage will not be.
And Becky now says she will have to install shutters out of fear of another attack.
One of Becky’s customers has now started a crowd-funding campaign to help her with the costs, which has already raised over £600, a gesture she said has left her touched.
But she said it has been financially devastating for her after such a hard few months, following her taking over the salon in the middle of the pandemic, in August last year.
“I contemplated not carrying on the shop” she said. “I haven’t been able to earn anything for four months, now this happens.
“I honestly feel victimised.
“I need to get shutters installed now just to make me and my staff feel safe whilst opening and locking up, and also to stop me being sat at home panicking about it happening again.”
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman confirmed they were called at 9.45pm on Sunday 18 April to a report of “men in balaclavas throwing bricks at a beauty salon on Buxton Road, Stockport.”
They are now appealing with anyone with information to come forward.
Information can be reported online or via calling 101 quoting incident 3072 of 18/04/2021.
Details can also be passed toindependent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The crowdfunding campaign can be viewed here.