A SHOPKEEPER who has been subjected to race attacks says he has been given hope it will end after police have arrested three more people.
Nanda Vayanaperumal, 33, runs the Danny Mart store, Ludlow Road, Paulsgrove, which opened in February this year.
But in just two months he was subjected to eight attacks, including racial abuse, having paint thrown on the store’s shutters, having his windows smashed and having his tyres slashed.
Now Hampshire Police have arrested three people for incidents of criminal damage at the convenience store.
Mr Vayanaperumal said: ‘The paint throwing has been one of the recent things, but now the police have arrested people, I’m hopeful it will stop.
‘I just want to run my business peacefully and not have these problem.
‘I’d say 99 per cent of my customers are fine, but there are a few who are causing me the problems.
‘What I also don’t like is when they’re abusive to my staff or when other customers have to see and hear the abuse.’
He had to call police again when offenders threw paint onto the store’s shutters.
Three men aged 41, 21 and 19, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit criminal damage.
They have been bailed until June pending further enquiries. Inspector Gary Munt, of Cosham police, said: ‘We’re putting a lot of resources into investigating this series of offences.
‘I’ve got regular patrols ongoing in the Ludlow Road area by both Safer Neighbourhoods teams and our Targeted Patrol teams.
‘Racially aggravated abuse is a serious offence.
‘Nobody deserves to be subjected to such hate crime and this type of behaviour will not be tolerated by police in Portsmouth.
‘We’ll continue to offer support to the victim and engage with the community throughout and do everything in our power to bring whoever’s responsible to justice.
‘If you have information that can help with our enquiries, you can let us know in confidence.’
Anyone with information is asked to call Hampshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.