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Vandals attack Dartmouth tea shop floral display

A Dartmouth shop duo’s blooming boat bid to brighten up a troubled corner of the town has come under attack from vandals.
Singing Kettle business pair Darren Morris and Brian Yole planted up a boat with flowers, set up hanging baskets and painted a bench on the corner of Higher Street and Smith Street.
Just three days later the vandals launched a late-night attack by painting pink spots over the bench and the hoarding where the flowers had been placed.
Darren and Brian discovered the attack on Sunday morning and they and their staff spent the rest of the day cleaning the paint off the bench and painting over the hoarding.
‘Someone decided to be a bit silly and put pink spots all over the seat and the hoarding,’ said Brian.
‘Luckily it was emulsion so it came off the bench but we had to completely repaint the hoarding.’
He said that he had not reported the incident to the police but warned he would if it happened again.
Daren and Brian, who have run the Singing Kettle tea shop in Dartmouth for the last seven years, decided to put their blooming efforts in to brighten up the corner which has been blighted by ugly hoardings since the blaze which wrecked offices, shops and flats in Fairfax Place. The hoardings are still in place three years later while the last of the repair work goes on at what was the Thai restaurant.

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