Nail bars in Knowle and Bedminster 'smashed up' by masked attacker
A NAIL bar owner has had two salons smashed up in the last six months.
Vietnamese-born Kimmy Le, 28, opened her first nail bar, Kimmy's Nails and Beauty, in Wells Road, Knowle, four years ago.
Eight months ago she opened her second salon, of the same name, in East Street, Bedminster.
Two months later, in January this year, while staff and customers were in the Knowle shop, a masked man entered, smashing a display table and other equipment.
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Ms Le also claims the man threw a brick at a woman who was sitting in the chair where she usually sits, who fortunately managed to duck to avoid it. Another man was waiting in a car outside and the pair drove off, with the incident over in minutes.
A shaken Ms Le contacted the police.
"About a week after opening my Bedminster salon I received a text message warning me that I should not have opened," she said.
"It made me a bit nervous, but I was determined to open the Bedminster salon as the one in Knowle had been doing so well. I deleted the message as at that time I wasn't taking it that seriously."
But on Friday, June 8, Ms Le was targeted again. This time a man entered her salon in Bedminster at 3.15pm wielding a hammer, again smashing equipment, as well as the front window of the store.
Again someone waited in a nearby car and the pair sped off after a matter of minutes.
Ms Le has been left disgusted but is determined to continue her business.
"I am really disgusted with whoever is doing this," she said. "All I am trying to do is make a living, and I can't give that up – what can I do?
"I reported both incidents to the police but have been told there is not much evidence as the man who entered the shop was wearing a mask and gloves both times.
"It has all caused me so much trouble but I am determined to carry on trading."
Police have confirmed they are investigating both incidents, which are being linked.
A spokesman said: "We are currently working to establish who is responsible for both incidents."
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.