A KEIGHLEY salon which was broken into twice within a month has had to shut temporarily after it was raided yet again.

Revive and Rejuvenate hair and beauty salon was burgled for a third time at 1.10am on September 1, forcing owner Karen Elliott to close.

To make matters worse Mrs Elliott’s own home, in another part of Keighley, had been targeted a few days before that and her garden furniture stolen.

Her business, in South Street, is due to re-open on September 18th, but she said the attacks have taken their toll, adding she felt so-called “petty crimes” were not being prioritised.

“I’ve had to take some time away from the salon, as I couldn’t face being in work,” she said. “Emotionally I’m drained, but my love for the job is still there and I’m trying my upmost to stay strong.

“I’ve done a lot of thinking and had to consider whether to continue or just walk away. The expense to myself has been extreme. Financially I’ve had to make a lot of sacrifices to repair and replace things.

“If it was to happen a fourth time my business would definitely fold, after I’ve worked so hard for six years to build it up. I can’t believe people can do such a thing to a person once, let alone three times.

“They seem to think it’s ok to take what they want from others. I’m a single parent and have worked extremely hard to build up my business and provide for my family. So why do these low lifes think it’s acceptable to steal from me?”

As previously reported, Mrs Elliott’s salon was burgled on July 8, then again on August 1. Exactly one month after the second raid it was hit a third time.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said a 38-year-old Keighley man had been charged with attempted burglary in relation to the third incident, and is due to appear at Bradford Magistrates’ Court on September 21.

The spokesman added officers were investigating the theft of garden furniture from outside Mrs Elliott’s Parkwood home, adding this happened between August 23 and 28. People with information should contact police on 101, quoting reference 131804 28683.

Mrs Elliott said:“The police have been helpful but I feel they could have acted a lot quicker. There is a severe lack of resources.

“This seems to be the norm nowadays. Police stations are been closed down and Keighley’s police station has limited staff on site.

“It shocked me that there wasn’t even a police car to attend and pick up crucial CCTV footage from me. Instead I had to go to them.

“There seems to be a lack of urgency and sense of priority for these so-called petty crimes. I don’t see this as petty. To me it’s just as important as all ‘major’ crimes as this is my livelihood.”

Inspector Khalid Khan, of Keighley Neighbourhood Policing Team, responded: “We understand the impact burglaries, both residential and commercial, can have on victims and take all reports extremely seriously.

“I’d ask for anyone with information on this type of crime in Keighley to contact police on 101 or to report the information via the West Yorkshire Police website.”