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'Outpouring of support' for pharmacy vandalised with anti-vax graffiti

Cumbria Police are investigating the incident and appealing for information on the suspect
Cumbria Police are investigating the incident and appealing for information on the suspect

The owner of Thomas Bell Pharmacy in Cumbria has praised the “outpouring of support” from the community after his pharmacy was vandalised with anti-vax graffiti.

Ravi Voruganti was first alerted to anti-vax statements such as “1,500 deaths” and “1 million adverse reactions” having been graffitied on the front of his pharmacy by a text message and pictures from a customer on Sunday (July 25) morning, he told C+D yesterday (July 26).

“That started the ball rolling with reporting to the police and trying to find out how we remove the graffiti, because we haven't done anything like that before,” Mr Voruganti said.

The pharmacy in Ambleside, Cumbria has been offering COVID-19 vaccinations since the end of March and apart from a couple of people who “wanted to make a scene”, everyone has been very receptive to the husband and wife team offering the service, Mr Voruganti told C+D.

“Although I think in the north west we've done the smallest volume [of vaccinations], we've still punched above our weight in terms of floor space, and the accommodation, etc. But more importantly, I think a lot of people have felt much more comfortable here,” he added.

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