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.