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Rolf Harris painting sparks attack on Torquay gallery

By Herald Express  |  Posted: April 26, 2013

By Colleen Smith

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A TORQUAY art gallery owner has hit out after the front window of his property was daubed with black paint to obscure a Rolf Harris painting.

Police were put on alert after threats were made that paint was to be sprayed on the window of Triton Gallery in Torwood Street unless the veteran Australian entertainer's paintings were removed from sale.

Mr Harris (pictured right), 83, was last week named as one of the high-profile celebrities questioned over historic allegations during Scotland Yard's Yewtree investigation.

Triton gallery owner David Phelps said: "Someone has put black paint on the window. It is only superficial and has been removed. I don't think my staff are perturbed by what's happened and I am not worried at all. We are going to continue to sell Rolf Harris' paintings. They are continuing to sell well throughout the country irrespective of the allegations.

"I have checked with the publishers who have over 60 galleries across the country and they have not had any incidents like this anywhere else.

"Everyone is welcome to their opinion, but the person who has done this is in a massive minority. His actions do not reflect the opinions of members of the public who are coming in here."

Police confirmed they are investigating criminal damage after the incident on Monday night.

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  • mrtappers  |  April 26 2013, 2:10PM

    Completely agree with Kray ! these people have very little between the ears if they start vandalising other peoples properties because Rolf Harris has been accused (Not found guilty) of a crime supposedly done in the 60s.Whoever has accused him must be a bit slow or was so bombed out of their brains on the copius amounts of drugs around back then,They have just remembered now. And whoever trashed this shop must be a smack head as well ,Because they are not thinking straight.

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  • Torbaymik  |  April 26 2013, 1:40PM

    Sinjis_Things, Rolf Harris is innocent, they have to prove that he is guilty not to find him innocent

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  • TheIntruder  |  April 25 2013, 11:12PM

    However Kray I can't agree that ABC should have done XTC, they were both such different bands, what are you thinking of, der.

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  • TheIntruder  |  April 25 2013, 9:02PM

    Jimmy Savile is dead Kray. He started committing his crimes in the 1960's. That is quite a slow response even by Police standards.

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  • suzy123  |  April 25 2013, 8:34PM

    kraygerson...how many police were on duty in Torquay, Paignton and Brixham....I will tell you that there were 5(FIVE) on last Thursday night. That is why when you report a crime or anti-social behaviour no one attends and you get a crime number that you report to the police when you visit them at the police station. I know there are a few PCSO's on duty but they have no powers, so infact they are useless.

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  • Brizz_Tony  |  April 25 2013, 7:46PM

    Got any by Hitler?

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  • Sinjis_Things  |  April 25 2013, 6:13PM

    I appreciate the damage done is wrong but knowing that Rolf Harris is under suspicion one would have thought that the shop would have removed the picture from it's window until the Rolf Harris has been proved guilty or innocent.

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  • kraygerson  |  April 25 2013, 2:09PM

    The rioting and looting in London (and elsewhere, remember) is so vastly different that it really should not be cited. I was living in London at the time. One of the hotspots was Ealing; local to us. So I don't just speak from a vague recollection of what was reported in the media. I can tell you that perceived police inaction was largely due to the fact that they quite simply could not be everywhere at once. As with anything, it's easy to look back and say "ABC could/should have done XYZ" and in some cases, with the benefit of hindsight, there will an element of truth. But it really isn't that simple. As for handling/mishandling of the Jimmy Saville case, you seem to have overlooked the fact that the subsequent arrests of a number of high profile people stem from the ongoing investigation (Operation Yewtree). In other words, it's still early days - and the authorities seem pretty determined to me!

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  • TheIntruder  |  April 25 2013, 12:45PM

    Fine Kray, until you consider how the criminal justice system handled the Jimmy Savile affair. If the criminal justice system is seen to be failing victims then people will act as judge. After three days of rioting and looting in London it was only the sight of vigilante gangs taking to the streets to protect their neighbourhood that FORCED the totally inept police to act.

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  • kraygerson  |  April 25 2013, 11:44AM

    It might be understandable if Rolf Harris had been found guilty of any crime. But he has not! He might be completely exonerated. He must be presumed innocent until otherwise proven. Despite this, some misguided, self-appointed judge and jury type has seen fit to break the law: making threats and vandalism/criminal damage. The victim, as is often the case in vigilante acts, is innocent. I feel sorry for the gallery owner and staff. I hope the culprits are caught before they cause worse damage, directly or indirectly.

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