Riot-stricken jeweller serves shoppers on street

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G Mantella rolls out red carpet as damaged shutters delay opening.

Defiant North London jeweller G Mantella is not letting the riots bring it down as it serves shoppers on the street, albeit with a red carpet reception.

During the riots the shutters of the shop were kicked in by thugs who caused a lot of damage but failed to gain access to the store on Green Lanes in Palmers Green. The jeweller reopened for business last Tuesday but is still unable allow customers into the shop because its shutters are so badly damaged they cannot be opened.

So instead the jeweller has laid out a red carpet on the street, which was donated to it by a local business, and has set up a table and chairs that shoppers can use to discuss their jewellery needs.

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G Mantella owner Smile Mehmet told local newspaper North London Today: “I didn’t want the customers to think we have closed down. We still have repairs to do, orders that need collecting and people are still getting married or engaged. We wanted to open again, to carry on for the community – we won’t be stopped by these mindless thugs.”

While the shop did not lose any stock in the attack, its sister store G Mantella in Enfield Town, which is run by Mehmet’s brother Erdal Mehmet, was not so fortunate and lost £40,000 of uninsured watches as well as sustaining damage to the shop.

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