‘We feel se­verely let down by all par­ties’

Accrington Observer - - SPECIAL REPORT -

“We are try­ing re­ally hard to make it nicer and for what? It’s just de­flat­ing.

“I know [the po­lice] can’t lock them up and throw away the key but [the of­fend­ers] think it’s a joke and a game to them. They are not fright­ened. They are law­less.

“They have no re­spect for them­selves so they def­i­nitely don’t have any re­spect for any­body else.

“They see it as a face­less crime. They think be­cause you are in­sured right.”

Claire Rat­cliffe-Wil­son, who runs The Beauty Em­po­rium, said they are liv­ing in ‘ut­ter fear’ and that busi­nesses in the area ‘have just about had enough’.

She said: “My busi­ness was bro­ken into in July this year and I am still on with try­ing to rec­tify the dam­age while try­ing to main­tain ev­ery­day busi­ness, fo­cus on new projects and keep a happy work­place for my staff, while ul­ti­mately try­ing to keep them safe.

“I have not had a visit from any­one about the crime that was com­mit­ted and so have had to keep up to date with things via li­ais­ing with other re­tail­ers and so­cial me­dia which is just not good enough. it’s all

“Ac­cring­ton is on its knees and we are all try­ing to main­tain in­vest­ment in the town but feel se­verely let down by all par­ties that could be do­ing more i.e. the po­lice, Hyn­d­burn coun­cil, lo­cal coun­cil­lors and the jus­tice sys­tem.

“I there­fore ask all of you what are you go­ing to do about the se­cu­rity of our town nesses?”

A spokesper­son for An­gela Kay’s Beauty Salon said: “I strongly think that shops should be al­lowed to have shut­ters on their win­dows. CCTV should be on our street and po­lice pa­trols on in an evening.”

Kristo­pher Mur­phy, 30, of Welling­ton Street, Ac­cring­ton, pleaded guilty at Black­burn Mag­is­trates Court on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 5, to a bur­glary at J&C McCor­mack.

He was given a 12-month com­mu­nity or­der, fined £100 and or­dered to pay £100 com­pen­sa­tion.

A 47-year-old man from Ac­cring­ton ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the bur­glar­ies at J&C McCor­mack and The Nail and Beauty Stu­dio has been bailed to Oc­to­ber 28. and busi-

Kristo­pher Mur­phy ad­mit­ted bur­glary

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