Appeal as Sidmouth shop owners left to clean paint from windows

The shop fronts as they were found on Thursday morning. Photo: Sam Waring

The shop fronts as they were found on Thursday morning. Photo: Sam Waring - Credit: Archant

Owners thank community for support after vandalism.

An appeal has been made for information after a pair of Temple Street shops were vandalised.

The owners of Sidmouth Pets and the Poppy Appeal store found white paint had been thrown across their fronts last Thursday morning.

Sam Waring, whose father owns the Poppy Appeal shop, posted an appeal on Facebook - which was shared more than 90 times.

He said: “It’s taken considerable time to remove the paint from the windows.

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“My Dad cannot understand why these two shops have been targeted. Dad has his humble shop front because he focuses heavily on the community and helping others. It’s a shame that there are some mindless people out there that don’t share his principles. The police have been notified and have been great.”

James McLean, who owns Sidmouth Pets, added the response from the community had been ‘fantastic’, adding: “It’s a shame, but what’s nice about the whole thing is the huge outpouring of good feeling from people. Everybody has said, ‘you do not deserve this’.”

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Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 101, crime reference: 123-23-2-17.

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