OWNERS of a tattoo studio are counting the cost of damage inflicted by thugs who smashed the windows of their shop.
Michael Yates and Dawn Clark run the Inkslingers tattoo studio in Stoke Road, Gosport.
On Saturday night, the front windows and door of their shop were smashed in with a brick.
And with a hefty repair bill just weeks before Christmas, the couple may be forced to cancel their family holiday.
Michael, 36, said: ‘I was just gutted when I saw the state of the place.
‘The police came round to my house on Sunday morning to tell me what had happened.
‘It’s going to cost us about £800 to fix it and I think I’m going to get shutters now to stop it happening again.
‘Obviously it’s the last thing you need right before Christmas.
‘We were planning on taking our three kids on holiday after Christmas but that’s going to have to wait now.
‘We think we might have been targeted because it was only our shop and if so then that’s just awful.’
A brick had been thrown at the windows of the studio around five times.
It is thought to have happened overnight between Saturday and Sunday.
It was reported to police at about 7.20am on Sunday when a member of the public saw the shop with its windows smashed.
Dawn, 32, said: ‘It’s a horrible thing to have happened at Christmas.
‘To have to spend that amount of money at this time of year is really difficult.
‘I was worried about the glass because Stoke Road is busy and we have people and kids walking past all the time.
‘I just think it’s a very low thing for someone to do.’
No other shops in Stoke Road had their windows smashed.
A spokeswoman for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘Police received a report from a member of the public who had come across the shop with its window and door damaged.
‘On arrival police discovered that the main front glass window and top half of the glass in the front door had been damaged.’
Anyone with information should call PC Lindsey Johnson at Gosport police station on 101.