AN ILKESTON mum has been forced to spend money she had saved for her daughter’s Christmas presents on replacing stock and equipment which was in her car when it was stolen from her drive.
Mobile hairdresser Sharon Henshaw had been to the suppliers on Thursday to stock up on products ready for a busy few weeks in the run up to Christmas.
When she woke up on Friday morning her car, a gun metal grey Ford Focus, had been stolen from the drive of her Heathfield Avenue home.
She said: “I’m devastated. We won’t be able to have the Christmas I’d been planning and worked hard for because of this.
“They’ve not just taken my car but my whole livelihood. They’ve ruined Christmas.”
Mum of two, Sharon, 38, had parked her car at the side of her home, behind gates.
There was no broken glass or any signs that whoever took the car had to break in and none of her keys are missing.
She said: “The car’s only four years old and I’ve been told that without the keys it’s virtually impossible to break into and start up.
“Where it was parked is down the side of my house, behind gates and not easy to get to.
“I’d been to the suppliers that day and bought everything I needed for the next few weeks and I’d left it in the car ready for work on Friday.
“Everything was in there. Scissors which are £150 a pair as well as straighteners, clippers, a hairdryer and loads of products.”
Sharon estimates it will cost £500 to replace the stolen items but her insurers will only pay out £100 for contents.
She said: “I’d been planning on getting my youngest daughter Brooke’s presents at the end of this week.
“I’ll manage to get some things but not everything I wanted to, this has really set me back.”
Police confirmed that they received a report of the theft on Friday December 9.
Anyone who has seen the car, registration number YM07 LKN, or has any information can call Derbyshire police on the non-emergency number 101, or speak anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.