Highcliffe business hit by smash-and-grab just weeks after opening

VICTIM OF CRIME: Terry Matthews, owner of Muir-Chapman in Highcliffe, with  a piece of the paving slab thieves used to smash the salon’s front door

VICTIM OF CRIME: Terry Matthews, owner of Muir-Chapman in Highcliffe, with a piece of the paving slab thieves used to smash the salon’s front door

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A HAIRDRESSERS in Highcliffe has been raided by thieves just weeks after it opened.

Terry Matthews, his brother Luke and soon-to-be sister-in-law Nicola Donnison opened Muir-Chapman Hairdressing in Lymington Road on December 12.

On Saturday morning, the traders discovered that a large paving stone had been thrown through a panel in the front door, with high-end hair care products and a computer stolen from inside.

CCTV from outside of the premises has been handed to police officers, who are investigating.

Mr Matthews said: “It was awful to come in to work and see what had happened.

“We’ve only been in business since December, and for someone to put a paving slab through the door and burgle us wasn’t nice at all. They’ve taken the best products we stock and the computer, slashed the phone lines and damaged our broadband connection.”

But he said the support from other traders had been “almost overwhelming”.

“We are so grateful to everyone who wanted to help,” he said.

“The Highcliffe business community have been superb to us. Staff at the Beauty Spot salon offered us their chairs so we could keep working, Tulips cafe gave us free tea and coffee all day, and Richard and Helen from Comojo gift shop were incredibly supportive. We couldn’t have asked for better.”

And he said the experience hadn’t put them off the area.

“We’re taking it as a compliment,” he said.

“We’ve obviously ruffled a few feathers or upset someone along the way. Only the best stock was taken, so it seems like the thief knew what they were looking for.”

He added: “Everyone has been disgusted by it.

“We’re just hoping the person responsible gets caught soon.”

Dorset Police confirmed that officers were investigating.

To speak to the police with information, call 101.

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6:57am Mon 10 Feb 14

Bournemouth100 says...

Low life scum pure and simple
Low life scum pure and simple Bournemouth100
  • Score: 20

7:41am Mon 10 Feb 14

BIGTONE says...

A hairdressers? Really?
Maybe somebody who is bald, were looking for a toupee.
A hairdressers? Really? Maybe somebody who is bald, were looking for a toupee. BIGTONE
  • Score: -9

11:32am Mon 10 Feb 14

hamworthygirl says...

Love his attitude "taking it as a compliment" some opportunist lots hair good products to be sold on i guess. Such a shame when someone is trying to start a business and make a living.
Love his attitude "taking it as a compliment" some opportunist lots hair good products to be sold on i guess. Such a shame when someone is trying to start a business and make a living. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 13

12:20pm Mon 10 Feb 14

agp1337 says...

BIGTONE wrote:
A hairdressers? Really?
Maybe somebody who is bald, were looking for a toupee.
Oh, hilarious. Sorry, wrong adjective: I meant stupid and tasteless.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: A hairdressers? Really? Maybe somebody who is bald, were looking for a toupee.[/p][/quote]Oh, hilarious. Sorry, wrong adjective: I meant stupid and tasteless. agp1337
  • Score: -7

12:37pm Mon 10 Feb 14

BIGTONE says...

agp1337 wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
A hairdressers? Really?
Maybe somebody who is bald, were looking for a toupee.
Oh, hilarious. Sorry, wrong adjective: I meant stupid and tasteless.
Yea I agree........why anybody would wear a stupid and tasteless,plus ill fitting toupee, is beyond me too.
[quote][p][bold]agp1337[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: A hairdressers? Really? Maybe somebody who is bald, were looking for a toupee.[/p][/quote]Oh, hilarious. Sorry, wrong adjective: I meant stupid and tasteless.[/p][/quote]Yea I agree........why anybody would wear a stupid and tasteless,plus ill fitting toupee, is beyond me too. BIGTONE
  • Score: -1

2:01pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Net Turner says...

It's really called common sense on what they can steal in a hairdresser's and it happens all the time. ghd hair straighteners they cost a hell of a lot of money and then people do sell them on by Ebay. Noting else.
It's really called common sense on what they can steal in a hairdresser's and it happens all the time. ghd hair straighteners they cost a hell of a lot of money and then people do sell them on by Ebay. Noting else. Net Turner
  • Score: 2

2:20pm Mon 10 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

Terry could have dyed finding his rented space like that.
Terry could have dyed finding his rented space like that. nickynoodah
  • Score: -11

3:23pm Mon 10 Feb 14

cromwell9 says...

Nothing unusual
Nothing unusual cromwell9
  • Score: 1

8:55pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Mumof2too says...

So sorry to hear this, Nicola, Luke and Terry have been working so hard to get this new business up and running. They are all lovely, if you want to support them then make an appointment, I can recommend them personally.
So sorry to hear this, Nicola, Luke and Terry have been working so hard to get this new business up and running. They are all lovely, if you want to support them then make an appointment, I can recommend them personally. Mumof2too
  • Score: 7

10:53am Tue 11 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

if the soap is missing
don't blame nobath
if the soap is missing don't blame nobath nickynoodah
  • Score: -2

7:47pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Nannybrenda says...

Sorry to heare about break in!
What lovely staff Terry Luke & Nicola - Wonderful friendly atmosphere in salon and great stylists
Looking foward to my usual hair appointment next week Terry.
Love to you all x
Sorry to heare about break in! What lovely staff Terry Luke & Nicola - Wonderful friendly atmosphere in salon and great stylists Looking foward to my usual hair appointment next week Terry. Love to you all x Nannybrenda
  • Score: 0

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