Dontors Hospitality and Cleaning Supplies owners Chris Evans and Janelle Paddison set about the task of cleaning up the mess left behind following a second vandal attack.
Dontors Hospitality and Cleaning Supplies owners Chris Evans and Janelle Paddison set about the task of cleaning up the mess left behind following a second vandal attack. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

Vandals strike again

JUST weeks after their store was trashed by vandals, Janelle Paddison and Chris Evans again found themselves on the receiving end of a senseless attack.

The owners of Dontors Hospitality and Cleaning Supplies in Torquay were devested when they arrived at work yesterday to find the office turned upside down.

Filing cabinets had been rifled through and office supplies and papers were strewn about.

In late July toxic chemicals and valuable store goods were spilled all over the floor after vandals broke in through a window.

At the time, a hammer was left in the middle of the store's welcome mat, causing the pair to wonder whether the intruders were trying to send them a message.

While the damage done to the store wasn't nearly as bad on this occasion, Ms Paddison and Ms Evans have reached their breaking point.

Since the last attack they had installed security bars around the windows but even they couldn't deter the criminals.

“They just kicked a hole in the wall,” Ms Evans said.

“There's no stopping them.”

On the first occasion property was damaged but not stolen.

This time an expensive chef's knife was taken from a cabinet which had to be opened with a set of keys.

“You wonder whether it's someone who knows the place because they had to know where the keys were,” Ms Evans said.

“Whichever way, we're buggered now.

“The only thing that can stop them is if the business community gets together and has a voice and we can see what can be done about the massive crime problem together.”



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