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Emergency services were called to Bristol Barbers on Wainoni Rd about 10pm after a vehicle was driven into the shop and the building was set alight.
- Barbershop destroyed in second blaze
- Incidents at barbershop, restaurant and tattoo parlour investigated
It was the second attack on the shop, which is understood to have links with a motorcycle gang. The first attempt to set fire to it took place on February 14.
Said Bristol Barbers on its Givealittle page: “Unfortunately we didn’t have insurance as the building was deemed a fire risk and would not give us insurance.
"We can’t leave, we will stand strong, and we will rebuild.
“We turned the old local fish shop into an amazing barbershop for the east side community, we built everything from scratch, we gave everything we had to our shop.
“On the 14th February, 2020, someone decided to smash our window and tried to set the shop on fire, however they didn’t succeed, we managed to open the next day. 10 days later on the 24th February, 2020, they came back and finished the job.
“They drove a car into our shop and set it on fire. Everything is gone nothing was able to be saved. We will use the money donated to replace the barbers tools, reopen and set our shop up.”
As of Wednesday, $215 had been donated to Bristol Barbers though its Givealittle page.