Vandals may force barber to move shop

A FAKENHAM barber says he may be forced to move his shop after repeated vandalism and an attempted break-in at his premises.Paul Curry runs his business, Short, Back 'n' Sides, in Bridge Street but fears that the increasing costs of replacing smashed windows may mean he will have no choice but to look for alternative premises.

A FAKENHAM barber says he may be forced to move his shop after repeated vandalism and an attempted break-in at his premises.

Paul Curry runs his business, Short, Back 'n' Sides, in Bridge Street but fears that the increasing costs of replacing smashed windows may mean he will have no choice but to look for alternative premises.

His shop, which he opened three years ago, has large side and front windows and these have been hit and smashed by vandals.

He estimates now that the costs of replacing the windows have risen to �3,500 in a year and he says that he can no longer afford to keep replacing the windows.


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'There have been four incidents in the past year, including an attempted break-in,' he said.

There is a closed-circuit security camera close to the premises but Mr Curry says it is not usually working or particularly effective.

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'I have got to the stage where I will have to seriously look at moving my premises because of these repeated incidents. I cannot continue paying to have the windows replaced,' he said.

He said that he has a wife and two young children and the money spent on repairs should be spent on them.

'People who cause this damage don't realise that the window frames have to be repainted after the glass has been put back and there is also loss of earnings while the work is being carried out, 'he said.

He says it is cheaper for him to pay for the repairs because the repeated insurance claims led to an increase in his premiums.

Mr Curry does not want to move his shop because it is on one of the town's busy streets so he benefits from passing trade.

'I have been called out late at night and even when I have been on holiday. I am a one man business and the people that cause this damage don't think about how much the damage costs to repair,' he said.

A spokesman for Norfolk police said that every incident of criminal damage was taken seriously and appealed for anyone with information these incidents at the Bridge Street barber's shop premises to contact Fakenham police on 0845 4564567.

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