The boss of one of Bristol’s most popular ice cream parlors described how he was affected by an attack by a vegan militant, who also targeted a local butcher in a series of criminal damages last night.
Bradley Tarr, of the family-run Tarr’s Ice Creams in Brislington, said he wasn’t sure what the man who smashed windows and sprayed graffiti denoting the Animal Liberation Front was trying to achieve.
The man, who is now being pursued by police, also attacked nearby Sandy Park Butchers, who had previously been targeted with a similar incident.
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Tarr said neighbors called him at 12.15 a.m. just last night to alert him to the attack. He said CCTV images of the store showed a man in his late 30s or 40s carrying a backpack and arriving on a bike, smashing store windows with a hammer and spraying the words “go vegan” and “ALF” on the store.
A very similar attack occurred around the same time as the Sandy Park butchers, and police are linking the two. Tarr said his clients showed their support today — and he told him that the only thing the attack would do was turn people against vegetarians.
“The tenant who lives upstairs called to say someone was smashing windows and spraying graffiti on the walls, and people who live on the other side of the road also said they saw it,” said Mr. Tarr. “The police were here within ten minutes.”
“It meant I had to get rid of the murals and we had to shut down production today, opening later than usual,” he said, adding that this was the first time the ice cream parlor had been targeted by hard-line animal rights groups, which They have targeted butchers in Bristol before.
“A lot of clients have come to show their support today. A lot of them told me they don’t see what it’s going to achieve, and they said all it’s going to achieve is to turn people against vegans, and I don’t really understand that.”
On the other side of the road in Brislington, Sandy Park Butchers were also injured. “Obviously it wasn’t a complete shock to come and find this, this morning,” Steve Cooper said.
“It is something that can happen, and it has happened before. It will mean more expenses and insurance will have to be more involved, but we will continue to work.”
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