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Paint-splashing vandal targets village coffee shop before it's launch

PUBLISHED: 17:47 16 September 2009 | UPDATED: 09:21 12 August 2010

ANGRY: Businesswoman Danielle Fox in front of the vandalised shutters.

ANGRY: Businesswoman Danielle Fox in front of the vandalised shutters.

AN ENTRPRENEUR says she is determined to carry on despite a vandal causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to her business before it has even opened.

CAUGHT: The vandal, dressed in a boiler suit with a dust mask, is captured on CCTV.

AN ENTRPRENEUR says she is determined to carry on despite a vandal causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to her business before it has even opened.

Danielle Fox estimates the cost to her coffee shop and delicatessen, La Cucina di Baci, could be as much as £7,000 after a man threw litres of black, white red and blue paint all over the front shutters and windows twice in the space of two weeks.

The first incident happened on September 4, but the shop in High Street, Farnborough Village, was targeted again last Friday at around 1.20am, causing extensive damage.

The 36-year-old said: "I'm incredibly angry. I want this person to stop it. I want to know who's behind it. We're trying to create a nice place for the villagers.

"I have been working in a stressful job in the West End for 20 years and I wanted to get out and work for myself.

"This seemed like the perfect opportunity. I don't understand why anyone would want to do this - it's hard enough setting up your own business as it is. We have spent the past three to four months fitting it out and it looks super.

"The villagers have been really supportive. Everybody wants our shop to open except this person. Everybody is disgusted.

"Nothing ever happens here. It's a really quiet place, that's why is seems so strange and out of character. Farnborough Village is normally off the radar."

Nobody objected when planning permission was sought and Miss Fox says she does not know anyone who has a vendetta against her.

The vandal was caught on camera wearing a white decorator's suit and a dust mask. It is believed he is aged in his 20s, around 6ft tall and of athletic to slender build. Miss Fox is now appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

She said: "Somebody must have seen him - he would have been covered in paint, he left a big trail right up the alleyway. There are still a lot of people around at that time."

Anyone with information should contact Bromley police on 0300 123 1212.

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