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  • 16 April 2014, 6:19

Hairdresser's Kim Jong-Un poster angers N Korea

Two men claiming to be North Korean officials have confronted a London hairdresser who filled his salon window with a poster of Kim Jong-Un, alongside the words: "Bad Hair Day?"

Police told Sky News they had also received a complaint from the North Korean embassy about the advertisement displayed atM&M Hair Academy in South Ealing, west London.

The salon is not being investigated over the poster, which showed the smiling dictator and his distinctive hairstyle and offered a month-long discount on gents' cuts.

However, the eye-catching display has now been removed because of "overwhelming" interest from passers-by and because it "covered up the window", blocking out light.

HairdresserKarim Nabbach told Sky News his father Mo, who runs the salon, was confronted by the men, neither of whom showed official identification or sported hairstyles identical to the North Korean leader's.

"They didn't introduce themselves and demanded to speak to the manager," he said.

"They told him, 'We want your name'."

Mr Nabbach said staff at the salon did not realise the North Korean embassy - which is run from an unassuming property in nearby Gunnersbury Avenue - is just 10 minutes' walk from their shop.

He said his father went to Ealing police station in case the visit led to any repercussions, but "nothing happened".

"It's been pretty hectic since we put up the poster," he said.

"It's become something of a tourist attraction - people have been coming down to the salon to take pictures.

"It was never meant to cause controversy ... it was just something to entertain our customers."

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said officers had "spoken to all parties involved" but added: "No offence has been disclosed."

Mr Kim's hairdomade the news last month after it was claimed all male university students in North Korea would be required to have identical haircuts.

It is thought they were previously able to choose from an official list of styles approved by Pyongyang.

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