Edinburgh cafe owner in plea after 'sinister man targets business at 1am'

Staff at a family-run cafe in Edinburgh have spoken out after claiming a candal threw paint over their shopfront in what they fear could be a 'targeted attack'. Workers at Cafe Gallo in Stockbridge posted on Instagram on Monday morning revealing they were sickened to wake up to the mess.

In a post, they wrote: "So this is what we woke up to on Sunday morning at our wee cafe… Some lowlife had gone to the bother of throwing a full pot of white gloss paint over our window, canopy and shopfront, not to mention the mess he’s made to the whole of Raeburn Place.

"This happened on Sunday morning 07/07/24 at around 1:40 am. If anyone has any information at all please let us know."

Owner Dellita Gallo spoke to Edinburgh Live about the ordeal and said she was worried the attack had been 'targeted'.

She said: "I'd love to think if someone had that much of a problem they would just say to us 'listen you've pissed us off'. I honestly have no idea. Completely baffled by it.

"It was on the Shelter Scotland shop CCTV - it was 1.39am it happened. They were heavily dressed up and came from Port Gower place and along Raeburn place towards us.

"When they left they went back along to Port Gower's place towards Inverleith Park and left a paint trail all the way. It's been a nightmare, I've had to phone the council, and they are going to come along and get it off the pavement.

"It took us about three hours on Sunday morning to scrape it off with a scraper. It was gloss which is oil-based so it's not like we could even wash it off. It is all over the woodwork so I will have to repaint my shopfront. It's splattered all over the shop awning so will probably have to replace that, it's such a mess."

Dellita added: "People have been joking that it is another cafe or sandwich shop that has targeted us but I really don't think it is.

"We get on really well with all our neighbours, we have been here for almost six years, and it's not like we are the new boy in town and pissing anyone off. We are well established, we have been here for ages."

Both Dellita's sons work alongside her in the cafe. One of them reported the incident to police on Sunday after a friend passed by early that morning and sent her a picture of the paint everywhere.

Delitta felt a bit uncomfortable about the whole incident. She said: "It feels really sinister. They have gone to so much bother, to leave your house at that time all dressed up.

"I presume they bought the paint - it looks like it is £30 worth of paint and to carry it all the way here after decanting it into a black bag it seems, throw it at the cafe and go off at that time.

"I can think of so many more interesting things to do at that time in the morning, could be sleeping or watching Netflix!"

Police Scotland have been contacted for comment.

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