Turkish barbers across Sunderland targeted with vile graffiti

A number of Turkish barber shops in Sunderland city centre have been subjected to graffiti and notices.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 12:04 pm

Turkish barber shops in Sunderland city centre have been targeted with graffiti and notices, telling the owners to “leave their shop”.

Speedy Turkish Barber on Holmeside, Oscar Super Cutz on Fawcett Street, Jimmy's Barber Shop on Borough Road and Magic Scissors barber shop on the Sea Road have all been targeted with the vile abuse.

The graffiti for all three incidents says “leave your shop, your problem for people”.

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The owner of Speedy Turkish Barber, who is known as Speedy, said he has been left upset and embarrassed by the graffiti and revealed that this is not the first time he has been targeted by abuse.

He said: “This is the second time that this has happened and the second time that I will have to clean it, I don’t have a problem with anyone and I’m nice to everybody so it’s really upsetting to see.

"I feel so embarrassed and it’s really sad to see, I don’t even want to leave the house now.

Turkish barbers across Sunderland have been targeted with racist graffiti

"I’ve had loads of phone calls about it and all my customers have been giving me support, they all know how nice I am.”

It is believed the businesses, which are all closed under the current lockdown restrictions have been targeted overnight between Thursday January 28 and Friday January 29.

Local residents have taken to social media to condemn the abusive graffiti and those behind it.

Turkish barbers across Sunderland have been targeted with racist graffiti

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, has vowed there will be extensive enquiries to catch the perpretrators.

She said: “This really is sad to see. Vandalism is completely senseless and is particularly unacceptable.

"I know there will be extensive enquiries to catch those responsible. This is not something we are prepared to tolerate in Sunderland. We will continue to crackdown on the small minority who choose to spread hate where it isn’t wanted and it certainly isn’t wanted in our region.”

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Turkish barbers across Sunderland have been targeted with racist graffiti

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Turkish barbers across Sunderland have been targeted with racist graffiti