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A tattooist has pledged to make his business bigger and better after his new studio was repeatedly rammed by a van.
The attack at Studio 244 tattoo parlour in Rochdale was captured by a CCTV camera and caused damage estimated at around £50,000.
The shocking footage shows a white LDV van reverse at speed three times into the shop front.
Devastated owner John Hurn, 29, believes the attack was carried out by thugs who had threatened him weeks earlier.
Police are investigating and appealing for witnesses. the shop, on Oldham Road, has been left in ruins.
Mr Hurn, from Freehold, Rochdale, opened the studio with the help of his sister Kimberley Davies six weeks ago.
Both had completed formal tattoo training courses.
Mr Hurn said: “I am absolutely devastated. I just had to sit down when I saw the shop and could not stop shaking. the whole place has just been annihilated.
“All the tools are ruined, the gas pipes, the interior – everything. This was my livelihood.
“We had only been open three weeks when someone visited me and told me I was going to be fire-bombed if I did not close, but would not tell me why.
“I hadn’t heard anything since so I just thought it was rubbish.”
The CCTV footage, recorded at around 3am on July 16, shows the van turn left off Oldham Road into a side street.
It then reverses at speed into the shop before driving off. Dust from the wreckage of the studio is captured on the film.
Mr Hurn said he was determined to rebuild the business.
“My sister has spent a lot of money on this business and showed absolute faith in me,” he added. “It is devastating for us both. I have only been open a month and a half and the business had really just started to take off.
“I was on benefits without a job but trained up and set up my own business. Now this has happened and it just makes you think ‘what’s the point?’
“But we are going to come back bigger and better. we are not going to let them win.”
The van was later found abandoned on Charter Street.
Pc Andrew Marsh said: “This was a deliberate and malicious attack on a local, independent business and I am keen to hear from anyone who has information about the person responsible.
“Did anyone hear the commotion or see the van being abandoned? Perhaps you have heard someone talking about it. if so, please get in touch.”
Call police on 0161 856 8550 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.