Montrose salon vandalised with red paint following fox fur threats

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Animal activists have targeted a Montrose salon by throwing red paint across the shop front.

The 3Sixty hairdressers in Murray Street was vandalised sometime between last night and the early hours of this morning as a reaction to a window display which featured vintage fox and stoat furs.

A threatening letter was also posted through the salon door.

Police Scotland have been informed, officers have spoken to staff and it is under investigation.

Staff told us that last month a man walked into the shop and warned them they had 24 hours to remove the fur.

The mannequin in the window features a skirt made from wigs, a tartan bodice and had the fox fur draped around its shoulder and a stoat fur around its waist, both of which belonged to a member of staff’s great-grandmother.

On January 15 a man went into the salon and staff told us he warned them to take it down because it was “upsetting people in the town”.

When the fur wasn’t removed, he returned on January 20 and told staff they had 24 hours to take it down.

The salon removed the fox fur stole and stoat from the window because employees felt “frightened” after the threat.

The hairdressers change the window display every month and January’s theme was to celebrate Burns Night.

The community has taken to social media to express its outrage at the vandalism and offer a helping hand to the salon.

Staff at the hairdressers said they did not want to speak to the press at this point.

A Tayside Division spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland is making enquiries into a report of a vandalism at a business premises in Murray Street, Montrose, this morning where the shop front was damaged with red paint.

“Enquiries are at an early stage.

“Anyone who has information that could assist officers with their enquiries is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.

“Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”