A HAIRDRESSER is furious after hooligans looted her shop just months after she fulfilled the dream of opening her own business.
Nuala Morey has been wanting to open her own hairdressing salon since she was six years old.
Twenty years later she finally got her wish when she opened Nuala Hair Studio in Gloucester Road in April.
Now she’s the latest victim of the mindless thuggery that is sweeping the country and struck Bristol on Monday and Tuesday night.
And she’s not the only one, as vandals attacked a number of shops on the road on Tuesday night, smashing windows, starting fires and stealing what they could.
All were independent or family run businesses with not a big corporation among them.
Yesterday morning Miss Morey was at the doctors when she had a call from her stylist who opened up the shop at 9.30am.
When she arrived she found the glass front window had been smashed in, and her shop had been ransacked.
Thieves stole hundreds of pounds worth of designer bags, jewellery and tiaras Miss Morey had made herself for sale, straighteners and hair care products.
There was glass all over the floor and display cabinets had been knocked over.
The one silver lining was that whoever committed the crime appeared to have cut themselves on the glass as there was blood smeared on the floor.
Police attended the shop yesterday morning and Miss Morey is hoping they might be able to trace the offenders from DNA, though she is also appealing for witnesses to come forward.
She said: “I feel sick. I had nightmares about it happening because I was watching the news the night before.
“My mum – who lives in London – said she was worried but I said if it was going to happen it would be somewhere like Stokes Croft, not here.
“We’ve never had any problems before. It’s not over anything, not even that guy who was shot. It’s kids going mad.”
Miss Morey has yet to estimate the total value of stolen goods, but given each of the bags was worth £200 it is likely to be more than £1,000.
She was previously featured in the Evening Post in May to celebrate the opening of her first shop, after 11 years working as a hairdresser in Bristol.
She said: “I’ve been a hairdresser since I was 15. I wanted my own shop ever since I was a little girl.”
Nuala Hair Studio wasn’t the only premises in Gloucester Road to be attacked by vandals on Tuesday night.
A window was smashed at the Home For You letting agents, as yobs tried to steal a computer.
Staff found the window had been boarded up when they arrived for work yesterday morning, with a note from the police explaining what had happened.
Member of staff Vicky Bateman said: “Generally it’s lovely up here, it’s pretty quiet.
“It wasn’t a top of the range computer and I think the police arrived pretty quickly and they ran off.
“It’s just opportunism. They think they’re just putting a brick through a window but it’s disruption all day.
“We had to shut up for the morning and our boss had to pay for the window.
“We’re not a multi-million pound company, we’re a small family business.”
A shoe shop further down the road had it’s entire front window smashed in. The owner, who did not wish to be named, said it cost around £600 to replace.
He told The Post: “This is the third time we’ve had a break in but the other two were burglaries.
“The police rang me at 2.30am and said three or four youngsters had smashed the window.
“They took a few pairs of shoes from the front window.
“They should have been at home, it’s the parents responsibility.”
A rubbish bin belonging to the Tinto Lounge bar in Gloucester Road was set alight, forcing people living in a block of flats next door to evacuate at 4am, and local people also reported a van being set on fire in nearby Ashley Down Road .
Any witnesses to any of the incidents should call Avon and Somerset Police on 0845 456 7000 or call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.