Keighley hair salon ‘sitting target’ after suffering sixth raid

Keighley News: Hairavanti beauty therapist Simona Risidi with hair straighteners brought in by a member of staff after all the salon’s were stolen Hairavanti beauty therapist Simona Risidi with hair straighteners brought in by a member of staff after all the salon’s were stolen

A Keighley hair salon is a sitting target for thieves following its sixth burglary in as many years, claims its manager.

Stefania Risidi has demanded action to improve security behind Hairavanti in Cavendish Street.

She believes it is currently too easy for criminals to work undisturbed in secluded Back Cavendish Street.

The cobbled alleyway is a notorious hangout for drug users, fly-tippers and homeless people.

Miss Risidi spoke out after thieves stole ten top-of-the-range GHD and Cloud 9 hair straighteners, together worth more than £1,000, in the early hours of Friday.

She said: “They took GHDs and stylers that we use every day.

“We had to bring in our equipment from home. We’re busy at Christmas, so we needed all of them.”

Hairavanti was founded by Stefania’s father, Nino Risidi, in 1979. The hair salon is now managed by Stefania, while her sister, Simona, manages the It’s All About Me beauty salon at the same premises.

Miss Risidi said: “Since we had our shop refitted, we’ve been burgled about six times – about one a year – which has made our insurance sky high.

“Burglars have broken through all three of our entrances.”

Miss Risidi said Back Cavendish Street attracted problems because it was enclosed by a wall overlooking Sainsbury’s car park.

She suggested the wall could be taken down, or gates could be put at each end of Back Cavendish Street, allowing access to property owners and residents only.

She added: “I think the wall needs to come down, at least, so it’s not somewhere people can hide. We are always catching people down there smoking weed.”

Steve Seymour, chairman of Keighley Town Centre Association, said several organisations were working to tackle problems in Back Cavendish Street.

He added: “It’s something the police are very much aware of. They are dealing with issues brought to their attention.”

Mr Seymour said discussions were continuing about the possibility of demolishing the wall.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said neighbourhood policing officers are monitoring the situation.

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