Vandals throw brick through Archway charity shop window days before grand reopening

Vandals threw a brick through a charity shop window just days before it was due to hold a grand reopening to celebrate its extensive refurbishments.

Vandals threw a brick through a charity shop window just days before it was due to hold a grand reopening to celebrate its extensive refurbishments.

Charity boutique Second Chance, on the Archway roundabout, had been closed for about two months for the renovations.

But in the early hours of Tuesday a brick was thrown at the window of the St John’s Way store, shattering it. The shop is due to reopen tomorrow.

The shop raises money for a number of charities and is owned by Archway Methodist Church, in Archway Close, which jointly funded the renovation works with Islington Council.


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Shop manager Barry Brundage, many of whose customers live in Highgate, said the act of vandalism left him feeling “absolutely gutted”.

The 62-year-old, of Lambton Road, Crouch Hill, said: “We have been working our fingers to the bone and we are very proud of what we have done so for someone to come and disrespect the whole effort, and not only that but to be so wantonly destructive, is obscene.”

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But he said that he had decided to go ahead with the re-opening tomorrow at noon.

No arrests have been made.

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