Windows broken at Bristol Evening Post's headquarters

Workmen boarding up broken windows at Evening Post building
Image caption Police said the investigation was at "a very early stage"

Seventeen windows have been broken at the headquarters of the Bristol Evening Post newspaper.

Police were called to the Bristol News and Media building in Old Market in the early hours of Friday after windows were broken and paint thrown.

Police said the motive was "unclear" but are considering the possibility those responsible may have been involved in disorder earlier this week.

"We are looking into that possibility," Det Ch Insp Will White said.

The incident was caught on the newspaper's CCTV system at 02:50 BST and is being investigated by detectives from the serious and major crime unit.

'Unperturbed by attack'

"It is unclear at this stage whether it is people involved in the disorders but we are obviously looking at that possibility and investigating it," Mr White added.

Image caption The paper published police CCTV pictures on Thursday

Editor of the Bristol Evening Post, Mike Norton, said he did not know if there was a connection between the front page of Thursday's Evening Post - which showed police CCTV pictures of people wanted in connection with disorder in the city - and the attack on the building.

"If it is then they've just proved the statement that we've made and they've brought shame on the city and they've just continued to do that more," he said.

Mr Norton added the the paper had been "quite forthright in criticising the rioters".

"We've done that simply to reflect what the majority of Bristolians think," he said.

"This attack is not going to deter us from continuing to give a voice to and to stand up for the majority of decent people in the city.

"The building [reception area] will be open by lunchtime - we're carrying on as normal and are completely unperturbed by this attack."

Glaziers have arrived at the Temple Way site and the repair work is expected to take much of Friday.

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