‘Grudge’ attacks on Clitheroe trader’s banners?

Phil Gill, whose advertising banners for his businesss keep getting destroyed, with his wife Catherine and their children, Holly (nine) Abbie(six) and three-year-old Bobby (S)
Phil Gill, whose advertising banners for his businesss keep getting destroyed, with his wife Catherine and their children, Holly (nine) Abbie(six) and three-year-old Bobby (S)

Vandals have ripped down or destroyed almost every single banner a local tradesman has put up around Clitheroe in a bid to drum up trade.

Phil Gill had placed the banners at various landmarks across the town advertising his business, HAB Domestic Appliance Repairs, but was dismayed to discover nearly all 10 of them had been destroyed.

It is very upsetting to think that someone out there may have a grudge against you like this

Phil said: “The banners have been slashed or ripped off their posts deliberately but it has not happened to other advertising banners so we believe I been targeted.

“It started happening right from the start and the first time was when I put a banner up in Whalley. It has happened randomly over the months but virtually all the banners have now been ripped down.’’

Named after the couple’s three children, Holly (nine) Abbie (six) and three-year-old Bobby, Phil (34) set up on his own in April last year.

Made of thick plastic the banners, which cost £30, had been placed at points along the A59 close to McDonald’s and close to where the new Aldi store is being built.

Catherine (35) who is a staff nurse at Burnley General Hospital, was so angry she posted comments on Facebook about the vandalism and was overwhelmed to receive dozens of messages of support.

She said: “I couldn’t believe how much support we have. So many people who know Phil said he has such a great reputation we should not let it bother us.

“But it is very upsetting to think that someone out there may have a grudge against you like this.

“All Phil is doing is trying to work hard to provide for our children and it is upsetting to think that someone feels the need to stoop so low to try and destroy that.’’

The couple,who live in Victoria Road, Chatburn, have reported the matter to the police but without any evidence there is nothing they can do.

Catherine added: “It is particularly upsetting as Phil named the business after our children but it won’t stop us from continuing to put the banners up in the future.’’