A BARBER has built his own mobile barbershop in a van to go out to customers too wary of coronavirus to leave their streets.

Mahmut Korkmaz, who is from Turkey, has run Moturk Barbers in Great Harwood since January and converted the back of a van into a salon to make people feel safer when getting their hair cut.

Although business has been brisk, the 42-year-old wanted to make sure nobody would miss out.

He said: “It’s been quite busy because quite a few people were desperate, so we have two barbers doing cuts.

“We have got to make sure we take precautions, because before we could easily have 10 people sit and wait but now we can only have four and make sure they are two metres apart."

Customers are advised to wear masks and have to sanitise their hands as well as being given disposable gowns for their cut.

Mr Korkmaz said: “We started the mobile van haircuts because we want to make it easy for everyone.

“It came into my head when I saw a Morrison delivery van and I thought, if people can get groceries delivered then they could get a haircut outside their home too.

“I know I am not an NHS hero, but it does not mean I cannot do something to help people get their life back on track in a safer way.”

The van is parked in a suitable place on the street, taking care it does not hinder traffic.

Mr Korkmaz built the barbershop at the back of the van himself during the lockdown as he was bored and wanted something to do.

He now plans to launch an app where customers will be able to see where he is, so they can book in the same area.

There were four bookings for the mobile barbershop on its first day on Wednesday.

Mr Korkmaz said: “People have said it is the best idea they have seen. I did my research before starting it because I knew many people would still be scared to go out.

“I am excited to get going and get all of the things into motion and most importantly, to be cutting hair again.”

The luxury interior of the van features a TV, with services such as Netflix and sports available, charging ports for all phones, as well as a coffee machine and Turkish teas.

However, no drinks can be served until the guidance allows it.