A POLICE sergeant has urged angry Petersfield residents not to share a video of four “moronic” vandals who left a trail of destruction in the town centre.

A handful of traders were left counting the cost on Bank Holiday Monday as a group damaged items belonging to businesses around the High Street and Pages Court.

Bins and obelisks were pushed over in the Physic Garden, trees outside Restaurant Six were uprooted, a lamppost outside Margo’s was pushed over and Bambino Baby signs costing nearly £150 were jumped on and destroyed late on Sunday night (March 31).

The culprits filmed themselves damaging the latter with the footage – which clearly shows a mobile phone number and faces of the offenders – being circulated around town and handed to the police.

It has also been seen by the Post but people in possession of the footage have been urged not to share it online by investigating officers. Police Sergeant Rees said his team are working hard collating evidence and has assured residents the culprits’ behaviour will not be tolerated.

He said: “I intend to bring the offenders to justice and will use powers available to me to put right the harm caused to the community.

“I am also aware that these incidents have attracted local interest on social media, including the posting of several videos.

“Whilst I am incredible grateful for the assistance from the public, I would like to advise those in possession of such evidence that posting it online has the potential to prejudice the investigation.”

Hampshire Police have yet to make an arrest but have confirmed the investigation is ongoing, anyone with information or details about the spate should call 101 quoting crime reference number 44240136820.