Durham tattoo shop will ‘rise like a phoenix’ after alleged targeted attack as thousands raised – ChronicleLive

A family-run tattoo shop in County Durham which was allegedly destroyed in a targeted attack has said it will "rise again like a phoenix" as the community banded together to raise thousands of pounds.

Eddie's Tattoo Shop on Third Street in Horden was left with extensive damage to the front of the building after it was reported that a car reversed into it on Saturday evening.

Officers were called to the incident at around 10.15pm on Saturday evening after a dark coloured 4x4 reversed into the front of the shop before driving off.

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Photos taken on Monday morning show the tattoo shop completely boarded up following the incident.

Since the incident, owner, Eddie Hardiman, thanked his loved ones and the community for all their help promising "he will rise again like the phoenix".

He said: "Firstly a big thank you to the following members of my family for the tireless help that they have given me since the incident occurred especially to Trudy, Darren, Eddie and Shell, Jessica and Tony, Sophie and Calen, Anthony, Shannon, James, Paige and Tommy and anyone I may have forgotten to mention.

"Without their help, I wouldn't have gotten through this tragedy which has destroyed what I have built and achieved in the past 40 years but like the phoenix, I will rise again.

"We have always done our utmost to ensure peace and harmony within our community and do our best to help our village since the demise of our mining heritage ended.

"I would also like to assure our customers that we will honour all of our appointments and their deposits will be honoured but understandably this will take some time to arrange so we will appreciate your patience and we will inform you of the necessary arrangements.

"The studio will have to, more or less, be rebuilt from scratch and we will understand if customers wish to be refunded and have work done elsewhere.

"We can only apologise for the inconvenience caused but be assured that we will honour our commitments to our customers.

"Thanks for your understanding of our situation it has been devastating and beyond our control, so a big thank you from myself Trudy and Shannon and many thanks for the offers of help from all of our friends and the kind offers of help and support offered by the tattooing community, this is greatly appreciated."

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help raise money to rebuild the studio which is run by three generations of their family.

In less than 24 hours, the 1,000 target was smashed with so far 2,640 raised for the family.

The page reads: "As Im sure youll have seen/heard, our family business was destroyed in a tragic incident on Saturday evening.

"Eddies Tattoo Studio is one of Hordens longest standing businesses, having been part of the community since it opened 37 years ago by Eddie in Third Street, Horden. Its still to this day operated by three generations of our family: Eddie, Trudy and Shannon.

"Wed really appreciate any support to help raise funds for Shannon and Eddies lost/damaged equipment and supplies, which they need to operate and continue tattooing.

"The help and support from the tattooing community and the local community has really been overwhelming and we are so truly grateful for your support and offers of help at this difficult time."

Just minutes after police were called to the tattoo shop, a second call was made to police after a vehicle reversed into a property on Fifth Street.

Officers were then informed that several windows were also smashed on a property in Blackthorne Avenue.

A man was arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs and was interviewed by officers with the force confirming on Tuesday morning that the man has since been released under investigation.

The force also confirmed a second man was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply.

He has also been interviewed by officers and released under investigation.

Police said it believes the incidents are linked and said the vehicle thought to be used was later found on fire in Kilburn Drive.

A Durham Constabulary spokeswoman said: "We believe these incidents to be targeted attacks and are carrying out a thorough investigation to find the people responsible.

"These incidents left all three properties with significant damage a structural engineer was required to make the properties in Third Street and Fifth Street safe.

"We would like to hear from anyone who saw anything significant which could help our investigation.

"We would also like anyone who may have CCTV footage of the vehicle, or who saw it in the area at the time of the incidents, to come forward."

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service was also called to the incident and confirmed a crew from Peterlee attended the scene at around 11pm.

A spokesperson for County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service confirmed: "We received a request for assistance and a crew from Peterlee attended the incident.

"There was damage caused to a property due to a collision with an unknown vehicle.

"We isolated the utilities and cordoned off the area and left it with the police."

Anyone with any information is asked to call Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 491 of August 28.

Information can also be passed on to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their website at crimestoppers-uk.org

If you would like to donate to the Go Fund Me page, you can do so here.

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