The owners of a hair salon that was deliberately flooded by a burglar have been left overwhelmed at the response from the local community.
A fundraiser has been set up to cover some of the costs of the damage at the Lavender Hill salon in Cleethorpes after a burglar broke into the empty upstairs flat to flood the shop below.
The person smashed pipework, put in plugs, and deliberately turned pipes downward before running water to ensure that the salon would be as severely damaged as possible.
This was just eight weeks after the hair salon had reopened following the coronavirus pandemic, and were yet to get fully back on their feet after the enforced closure.
With owners, Nicola Parker and Carla Austin, looking at being closed for weeks while they strip the salon bare, the community has come to their aid and offered all the support they need.
The fundraiser to cover some of the costs has already raised £285, as well as customers and other hairdressers offering to do their bit to help them get back on their feet.
Nicola said: “We know Joe, who set up the fundraiser, because he does our printing and stationery for the salon. It’s really overwhelming to see the fundraiser and have so much support from everyone.
“We have had others offering to help us, too, including customers offering to help us clean up and salons offering us chairs in their businesses so we can cut our clients’ hair. The support has been wonderful.
“We’re devastated by it all, really. We’ve been open for eight weeks, we aren’t even close to being back on our feet yet, and this happens.
“Our main priority is just covering staff wages and getting the salon ready to reopen.
“We need new flooring, the walls re-plastered, a new kitchen, all of our electrical equipment, and replace all of our work stations.
“Since it has happened we have barely been able to sleep. It’s kept us up at night worrying about it all.”
The fundraiser was set up by Joe Albery, who wanted to do his bit to help.
Writing on the page, he said: “I am setting up a fundraiser for a local business in Cleethorpes that was burgled and vandalised, flooding their premises and losing everything.
“Lavender Hill Hair Rooms is a local hair salon that has catered for so many residents young and old and run by lovely staff who do not deserve this!
“They recently refurbished the salon during the lockdown of Covid-19 and to see this happen to them has left them devastated and in the trenches. This is their pride and joy, we shouldn’t let them suffer on their own!
“I am using this Go Fund Me account in an attempt to raise some money to put towards damage and get them back on their feet again. I hope you can join me in donating a couple of quid to a needed cause”
Humberside Police have now issued an appeal for the crime, asking for anyone who may have seen something to get in touch.
A spokesperson said: “We are appealing for witnesses after damage was reportedly caused to a flat and business property on William Street, Cleethorpes during an alleged burglary earlier this week.
“We were called on Wednesday 2 September, with a report that someone had broken into the property before turning multiple taps on and leaving them running, causing water damage to the flat and premises below.
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“The break in is thought to have happened between 5pm on Tuesday, 1 September and 8am the following day.
“As part of our investigations, local officers have been conducting house to house enquiries in the area and providing reassurance and advice to other local businesses.
“We ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or has any information that could help with our investigation, to contact us on our non-emergency number 101 quoting log 98 of 2 September”
If you would like to donate to the fundraiser, you can do so here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/fundraiser-to-help-local-business-after-burglary