Business smashed up by vandals just days after opening leaving workers terrified

Ardo's Barber in High Street, Newbridge, was vandalised just a week after it opened
-Credit: (Image: Richard Swingler Photography)


A new barber shop in Newbridge was vandalised just a week after it opened, causing an estimated thousands of pounds worth of damage. Police received a report of a burglary at Ardo's Barber on High Street in the middle of the night on Saturday, June 1.

Nothing is believed to have been stolen, Gwent Police confirmed, but pictures from the scene show the windows smashed and paint splattered inside the premises. Employee Ardo, 48, who did not want his surname to be used, said mirrors, a sofa, a TV and other objects were broken, scratched or splattered with paint.

The shop has since been boarded up while repairs get underway. Ardo estimates in total the repairs to the property, and new shutters to protect it, could cost as much as £5,000. Join our WhatsApp news community here for the latest breaking news

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The windows of the property were smashed
The windows of the property were smashed -Credit:Richard Swingler Photography
Paint was splattered inside the premises
Paint was splattered inside the premises -Credit:Richard Swingler Photography
It's estimated it will cost thousands to repair the damage
It's estimated it will cost thousands to repair the damage -Credit:Richard Swingler Photography

"Now we need to buy shutters - they're £2,000 - and mirrors as well," he said. He recalled the police called him and his boss shortly after the incident happened. The incident had left them shaken, he added. "He's very scared and I am very scared as well." For the latest Caerphilly news, sign up to our newsletter here

Speaking the day the incident happened, Nick Dunbar, of Smart Let Wales, a letting agency next door to Ardo's Barber, said: "I think I speak for our community that it's not a nice thing to have happened to a new business that's just been brought into this area. We're trying to increase the footfall in Newbridge and things like this aren't going to help. I'm a bit shocked about what's happened today - I've done my best to help clean up as best I can. Hopefully we can get them back up in business as soon as possible."

Nothing is believed to have been stolen, but there was extensive damage
Nothing is believed to have been stolen, but there was extensive damage -Credit:Richard Swingler Photography
The owner of the barbershop will get new shutters to protect it
The owner of the barbershop will get new shutters to protect it -Credit:Richard Swingler Photography
The incident happened in the middle of the night on Saturday, June 1
The incident happened in the middle of the night on Saturday, June 1 -Credit:Richard Swingler Photography

A spokeswoman for Gwent Police said: "We received a report of a burglary at a commercial property in High Street, Newbridge at around 2.55am on Saturday 1 June. Officers attended and preserved the scene.

"No items are believed to have been taken but damage was caused the windows and inside the address. Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information, including CCTV and dashcam footage, is asked to call 101 quoting log reference 2400179279. You can also contact us directly on social media, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."