STAFF at a newly-launched Yes store have been banned from working alone after vandals daubed their premises in Nazi slogans.
Swastikas and the words “No Thanks” were sprayed on the windows of the pro-independence store in Newington Road – just hours before it was due to be officially unveiled.
Police are now investigating the incident which took place overnight on Tuesday.
Yes campaign chiefs who reported the “sinister” vandal attack have insisted that staff can no longer work alone in the premises.
Neil Hay, 44, constituency organiser for Edinburgh Southern, said: “I cannot have people working in the units in single numbers – I question even pairs.
“Some people won’t feel particularly threatened by it but others will and that’s what it’s probably designed to do.”
But he added: “If anything, these things will put a bit more resolve into people and make them more determined.
“The pettiness of spray painting ‘No’ all over our windows is bad enough, but Nazi swastikas bring a whole different and quite sinister element to it.
“It’s extremely disappointing.”
Shop volunteer Siri Rodnes, 31, said the attack was a “shame” but not a “surprise”.
She said: “Things are heating up and the fact that the momentum has swung towards the Yes side means the No side is getting desperate.”
Despite the vandalism, the shop was officially launched by Jill Evans MEP last night.
Resident Alan Carnegie, who lives across the road, said the attack had “no place in the kind of country we’re all hoping to live in”.
The incident comes weeks after vandals smeared faeces on to the door handles of the Yes shop on Penicuik High Street.
A spokesman for Yes Scotland said: “There is no place in the referendum debate for offensive or criminal behaviour, whether it be abuse, graffiti or vandalism, and we have repeatedly impressed upon everyone, on both sides of the debate, to behave responsibly and treat others with respect and civility at all times.”