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Gardaí investigate Waterford hair salon break-in as community rally to fight anti-social behaviour and crime

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Gardaí investigate Waterford hair salon break-in as community rally to fight anti-social behaviour and crime

Gardaí are investigating a break-in at a Waterford hair salon.

Owner of Richard Hannigan’s Hair Design on Newport Terrace, Richard Hannigan, arrived into work on Tuesday morning to discover that his premises had been ransacked. 

Hairdryers, scissors, tools, tubes of colour and GHD stock were among the items stolen, along with record cards dumped and brushes taken out of sterilizers. The salon was also flooded from the heavy rain after its skylight dome was smashed.

Richard has been broken into five times in 24 years but feels the recent attack on his salon is “personal”  because they took his tools and he “physically can’t work”.

The break-in followed an instance the previous Thursday where a group of youths were on his roof banging on the skylight dome.

Richard said there has been a "huge escalation" in anti-social behaviour in the area recently and that elderly people are living in fear.

A huge turnout from the local area attended a meeting at Richard’s hair salon on Wednesday, aimed at tackling the problem.

Waterford councillor Eddie Mulligan said the escalation of anti-social behaviour and crime in the Barrack Street environs will not be tolerated. He said the break-in will cost the small business "dearly", encouraging the public to show support to Richard and his staff during this "difficult week". 

Cllr Mulligan added: "Whilst I am working closely with the community which has lead to increased Garda patrols and presence in the area, I am working with the Gardai to ensure the culprits responsible are apprehended and brought to justice as soon as possible."

Anyone with information can contact Waterford Garda Station on 051-305300.