Preston hairdresser tells of knife raid terror

ORDEAL: Amy Ashman
ORDEAL: Amy Ashman
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A hairdresser has told of her terror after an armed robber burst into her salon wielding a knife.

Amy Ashman, 30, was tidying up and counting takings with her employee Jodie Latham, 19, at around 5.50pm on Tuesday when it is alleged the knifeman burst into Lily and Eve hairdressers, on Villiers Street, Plungington, Preston, demanding cash.

She only had £40 and the man allegedly made threats to cut her, before pushing her into a movable sink, causing it to smash against the wall.

He scattered all the contents in the shop, before fleeing.

Amy, who has had the salon nearly two years, said: “It was a big shock. I’ve suffered a bruise on my arm but fortunately we were not hurt.

“Most customers pay by card so I gave him what we had, which was literally £40.

“I don’t think he’s actually thought about it properly.”

Plucky Amy went straight back to work after the incident, despite contents being scattered everywhere.

She said: “I’ve got a business to run and don’t want to let my clients down. It was hard to get up the day after but you have to get on with it. Jodie is back in work too.

“If it was a car accident I would have got back in and continued to drive. You can’t let people like him affect you.

“The basin has been repaired and new products supplied.”

However, she said the robbery had left her wary, adding: “I’ve now had to consider measures to protect my staff and customers, such as CCTV.”

A 40-year-old man has now been charged in connection with the incident.

Kenneth Goldthorpe, of Chorley Road, Adlington, near Chorley, is accused of two counts of robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.

He appeared at Preston Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The bench remanded Goldthorpe in custody and said he would appear at Preston Crown Court on February 27.