A barbershop owner from Leeds has been left in shock after his business that opened only two weeks ago was forced to close following a ram raid robbery on Christmas Day.
Nesto’s Barbershop in Dewsbury Road, Beeston, was targetted by masked robbers who stole a cash machine in front of the business.
So while people across the country were opening their presents on the morning of December 25, Ernest Brew, 49, was receiving calls from his neighbours alerting him of the crime.
Speaking to LeedsLive, the father of five recalled how he left his house without even taking a shower in order to get to the business – which he had spent £10,000 to renovate – as quickly as he could.
Ernest who fears customers may be scared to visit the shop in the future because of the accident said: “I just opened the shop two weeks ago, it was doing really well.
“On the 24th I was busy, people know me in Beeston so they were coming to the shop. I used to have any other barbershop on Dewsbury Road that I sold when I went to London.
The damage caused by the ram raid at Nestos Barbers in Beeston
“They (the robbers) left my shop with nothing, it was supposed to be a fresh start but now I don’t know.
“They’ve taken food out of my kids mouths with the damage they have done to my shop.
“This has taken a lot of money that I don’t have, it’s gone down the drain.
“Every day I’m not eating, I don’t even have work at the moment its been five days now.”
Ernest says despite previously raising concern about how exposed the cash machine was to the landlord of the building, nothing was done forcing him to hire a carpenter to try and cover it up.
He is now trying to seek help from lawyers as he claims he has not received much help from the bank and landlord of the building.
“The cash machine was too exposed and it got through to the barbershop, I wasn’t happy with it I even got a carpenter to cover it up,” he added.
“You could even tell where they put the money.
“It’s done a lot of damage (the raid), I’m waiting for someone to call me. My shop has been closed for five, six days now. I called the bank, they said three days ago someone would come, the landlord isn’t responding to me. I’m looking for a lawyer or for someone to help me. I don’t know where I stand.
“The landlord’s brother said they want me to do the estimate on the damage and they will see what they can do but it’s not concrete.”