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Archway charity shop window with Pride display smashed

'We are not going to clear the window, they're not going to frighten anyone away, they're not going to get their way.'

02 July, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Crispin Dawes in front of the smashed window with the Pride display 

A CHARITY shop window with a display supporting Pride was smashed.

A group of volunteers and staff at the iconic Second Chance charity shop in Archway had spent Saturday afternoon working on the display to mark the beginning of Pride week.

They were then shocked when they found out that the store, which has been based in St John’s Way for about 20 years, had been targetted the following day.

One volunteer, who did not want to be named, said: “We are not going to clear the window, they’re not going to frighten anyone away, they’re not going to get their way.

“We have to now spend money out of the charity, that could have gone to the poor and water aid and all that kind of thing, now we have to spend from our budget to have the window replaced.

“We’re furious, we’re not happy at all.”

Second Chance window smashed

It is not known whether the attack was linked to the Pride display.

The shop has become known for its distinctive displays with themes like the royal wedding, St Patrick’s day, Easter and Christmas.

No window displays have been hit before.

Second Chance deputy manager Crispin Dawes, of Highbury, left the shop at about 6:30pm on Saturday, June 29, and one of the volunteers noticed the window had been smashed at about 1pm on Sunday.

Mr Dawes, 67, said: “I’m in two minds as to whether the attack is homophobic, it could just as easily have been somebody walking home with a beer bottle and then slung it over their shoulder and hit the window.

“Vandalism or bigotry, it is unwelcome in our community and I hope it remains an isolated incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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