Naomi (shadow_sea) wrote in ontd_football,


When rioters targeted Aaron Biber's barber's shop in Tottenham, they stole the hairdryers, smashed the shop up and broke the windows. However of the things they chose to leave behind, one was a signed photo of England footballer Peter Crouch.

So when the England star heard of the attack on the 89-year-old's shop he decided to pay a visit... and even had time for a trim.

Crouch visited the shop in Tottenham High Road today as he lent his support to the 'Keep Aaron Cutting' campaign. The campaign was set up following the riots of August 6, when Aaron's shop, alongside other businesses in the area, were hit by looters. It raised £35,000 to pay for the repairs after Aaron said following the riots that he had no insurance and could not afford repairs.

Following the visit, Crouch told the official Tottenham Hotspur website: 'I wasn’t expecting to get a hair cut but I needed one and was in a barber shop, so I thought "why not?"’ Aaron did a great job. It was sad to see what had happened to his, and a lot of other people’s businesses and lives, after the recent troubles. But it’s great to see the response so many people have given. From spending time with Aaron there’s no doubt he’s a lifelong Spurs fan and his shop is walking distance from the stadium, so it’s only right we show our support. The Club do a lot of good work in the community and it’s something we will continue to do to help Tottenham recover from what has happened, and the players are fully behind this.'

Mr Biber has become a popular figure in the local community after he has spent more than 40 years building up his business in Tottenham.
He said he had been 'overwhelmed' with the response to the appeal. The organisers, a group of workers at an advertising agency, said in an internet posting that the fund had now closed after raising 'more than enough' to get Aaron back on his feet. They said that the money would now be distributed to other businesses and residents hit by the violence.

The message, posted at, said: 'Aaron has more than enough to get himself back up and running and has been completely overwhelmed by your response. 'After fixing up his barbershop, we will be working with the council, Aaron and his nephew Eddie, to distribute the rest of the fund to make sure it goes to help the other businesses and residents around Aaron's shop.
'There's lots to do. We will be recording the progress we make on his shop and the other people that benefit from your money.'

Tags: club: tottenham hotspur, peter crouch

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