Cancer patient’s shop targeted for second time

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

A CHORLEY cancer patient who is recovering from treatment has had her beauty salon burgled for the second time in as many months.

Sharon Garside, 52, was left devastated when Cleopatra’s Total Face and Beauty in the Carrington Centre, Eccleston, was cleared by burglars in April.

Now, after replenishing her stock and getting set up again, she has been hit for a second time.

Sharon that this time thieves have “totally cleared her out”, taking everything in the salon from false nails and spray tanning guns to even the toilet roll.

They also broke into the safe and took £90 from a charity box, which Sharon’s daughter Rachel was collecting to take part in Race for Life to support her mum.

Sharon, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in October, had just returned to work after suffering from a heart attack brought on by her treatment in March.

She said: “When I walked in and saw what had happened I just cried.

“I have gone through cancer, a heart attack and one burglary and I kept it all together but this was just too much. I can’t take any more now.

“I’m even contemplating moving because I can’t stand the thought of it happening again.

“But then I face all of that upheaval too.”

But she said she and her staff are remaining defiant and the shop will not close.

She said: “They were really trying to stop us from working this time but the six staff in the salon are all pulling together and the salon is remaining open.

“Our staff are even bringing in their own products from home to keep the business running.

“This isn’t just my livelihood I need to think about – it’s theirs too.

“I hadn’t restocked the salon fully from last time because the insurance hadn’t come through yet – which is just as well because they haven’t even left me with a nail polish to work with.

“They have taken everything from towels in the drier to our mat by the door.

“It’s heartbreaking.

“They clearly have no morals”

The incident happened between 7pm last Monday and 9.40am on Tuesday.

Police believe the thieves broke in through the shop window and then replaced it again after they had taken the stock.

In the previous incident, offenders broke in and stole stock worth around £7,000 including fake tan and nail and face products.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “We are carrying out investigations and are following a number of enquiries.

“This business has been targeted previously and we are appealing for witnesses and would urge anybody with information to contact us on 101.”