Cancer patient in burglary plea

Sharon Garside and Clare Gray following a burglary at Cleopatra's Total Face and Beauty, in the Carrington Centre, Eccleston

Sharon Garside and Clare Gray following a burglary at Cleopatra's Total Face and Beauty, in the Carrington Centre, Eccleston

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A cancer patient is appealing for witnesses after her business was targeted by burglars.

Sharon Garside, 52, from Fulwood, has been left devastated after her Carrington Centre shop, Cleopatra’s Total Face and Beauty, in Eccleston, was attacked between 10pm on April 1 and 6.45am on April 2.

It is believed that the offenders broke in to the centre by forcing the heavy duty metal shutter open and got in to Shop Nine by smashing a large pane of glass in the front door.

They then have searched the entire property, before taking numerous items of stock, valued at around £7,000.

Miss Garside, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in October and who suffered from a heart attack in March, was informed of the break-in at approximately 7am on April 2, while she was staying at her sister’s house in Scotland.

Talking to the Chorley Guardian, she said: “I have had to be called in from my sick bed in Scotland.

“There is no stock left – they have taken everything, bar a few bits and bobs.

“I could cry.

“It takes 12 years for me to build a business up, and then somebody comes and wipes you out.

“I got diagnosed with breast cancer in October, had a heart attack on March 9 and I have been robbed – is that my three out of the way now?

“I need this like I need a hole in the head.”

Miss Garside is now left having to go through all her invoices, to claim what she can back on her insurance. But she is determined to not let the burglars win.

She said: “I would like people to know that we are still going to be open for business, and we appreciate all the support in this hard time.

“I have a lot of support from my friends, family, and six members of staff – they have been the backbone to the business, while I have had to go through surgery.

“I just can’t understand why they have just targeted my store.”

Police are currently investigating the case, and have now placed an appeal.

PC Peter Simmons said: “We believe the premises were deliberately targeted and I would appeal to any witnesses or anybody with any information that could assist with our investigation to come forward.

“The offenders stole a large amount of stock, including jewellery, tanning, facial and nail products and may be trying to sell these on so I am keen to hear from anyone that may have been offered these items for sale recently.

“The premises have been forensically examined and CCTV enquires are on-going.

“Anyone with any information should contact Lancashire police on 101.”