House of Reeves hoarding torn down
VANDALS have torn down billboards designed to celebrate the history of riot-torn House of Reeves furniture store.
Several of the panels, which depict the business’s history since it was founded in 1867, have been damaged overnight.
The hoardings surround the site of the House of Reeves building which was burnt to the ground during last summer’s riots.
It is the second time they have been targeted by vandals, with several panels pulled down in March.
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The latest damage is understood to have occurred at some point on Thursday night.
House of Reeves remaining store was also daubed with graffiti earlier this week. Both incidents have been reported to the police.
Owner Trevor Reeves said: "With all that’s happened you would think I’d be number to it all, but this leaves a bitter taste. It makes me wonder what the local community are playing at."
Reeves’ flagship store was burn to the ground by looter Gordon Thompson on August 8 last year.
The panels were brought with money from a riot recovery fund and a £1,000 grant given to businesses by the council in the immediate aftermath of the disorder.