HEARTLESS thieves are bringing festive misery a local community.
Yobs have repeatedly broken into a farm off Wigan Lower Road, in Standish Lower Ground, stealing thousands of pounds worth of equestrian equipment, and have twice attempted to break into Scissorhands salon, also in Wigan Lower Road.
Melanie Kelly, of Kitt Green, who owns the salon and has two horses on the rented farmland, said she is worried she is being targeted.
The 43-year-old said: “The thieves wiped us out, taking everything we had. They took a quad bike, generators, power mowers, saddles and tack. Our horses have personalised saddle pads with diamantes and their names - Mulan and Andy - on.
“I just don’t understand why they would take these things as they are no worth to anyone but us.
“I really wanted to move our horses out of the farm as I no longer felt safe.
“It is frightening to think that someone has been on our property. I visit the farm at night with my 17-year-old daughter, Kaitlen Robinson, and we are scared.
“I am concerned for the safety of my horses - Mulan, three, and Andy, 14. What if they steal them, or injure them?
“Police have spoken to neighbours but nobody saw anything. Officers believe it must have taken them ages to break in.
“We have not had our items back.
“Then two days later yobs tried to break into my salon, which I also own with Joanne Byrne. And they had returned in the early hours of Tuesday December 15. You can see the footprints, where they tried to break in.
“A neighbour had stopped them - there were three men in their 40s. There is CCTV footage from the labour club next door, which has also been targeted in recent weeks.
“I believe it is the same people coming back.”
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police confirmed the burglary at the farm, adding: “A large metal container was approached and kicked, causing damage some time between 4.30pm and 7am on November 25 and 26.”
There have also been reports of attempted break-ins in Beech Hill and yobs egging cars and stealing Christmas decorations from outside people’s homes in the Scholes area.
If anyone has information call Greater Manchester Police on 101.