TWO shops have had their windows smashed during a spate of vandalism.

Staff at Holland & Barrett say it's the third time the Shirley High Street store has been targeted.

Windows at the front and side of the premises were smashed, with pieces of glass lying around inside and outside the store. 

Vandals also threw bricks at Cancer Research UK just a short walk away.Daily Echo: Holland & Barrett on Shirley High StreetHolland & Barrett on Shirley High Street (Image: Newsquest)

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A Holland & Barrett employee told the Echo: "It's the third time it's happened to this shop.

"We've had cases of shoplifting in the past, but I don't think they were trying to get into the shop because the damage didn't go all the way through.

"Nothing was stolen and we have got no idea who did it. 

"We have CCTV but it didn't capture anything for us, unfortunately. 

"All we know is that someone has thrown some sort of brick or some sort of big stone because that's what happened to us before, last year.

"It's just petty vandalism." 

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Daily Echo: Holland & Barrett windows were smashed Holland & Barrett windows were smashed (Image: Newsquest)

The vandalism has also sparked concerns for staff safety. 

The store employee added: "The staff aren't feeling safe going home in the dark.

"It's just not a great feeling." 

Damaged windows at Cancer Research have now been fixed but Holland & Barrett's remain boarded up.

A spokesperson for Hampshire police said: "We have two reports of criminal damage incidents. 

"Both occurred sometime overnight on 24 March into 25 March. 

"Windows were smashed at Holland & Barrett and the Cancer Research shop on Shirley High Street.

"No arrests have been made."

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101, quoting 44230118550.