Police hunt teenage thugs caught on camera as they trashed a D-Day war memorial and destroyed nearby flower beds

  • The yobs kicked over the flower display at the memorial in Gosport, Hampshire 
  • The woman who took the photos was too scared of youths to reveal her name  
  • Terrified locals demanded police do more to stop thugs running riot in town 

Two teenage yobs have wrecked a D-Day war memorial and kicked down the surrounding flower display in a 'disgusting' display of vandalism.

Police in Gosport, Hampshire, are hunting for the thugs whose brazen act of disrespect was slammed by locals who are sick of youths running riot in the seaside town. 

Shocking photographs show the boys booting the plants and sending the leaves flying off before leaving the scene of their destruction - trampling over the remaining shrubs as they go.  

Liam Stickler said: 'It is disgusting, these kids have no respect for anyone. They have also left broken glass and rubbish surrounding the memorial.'  

Police in Gosport, Hampshire, are hunting for the thugs whose brazen act of disrespect was slammed by locals who are sick of youths running riot in the seaside town

Police in Gosport, Hampshire, are hunting for the thugs whose brazen act of disrespect was slammed by locals who are sick of youths running riot in the seaside town

Shocking photographs show the boys booting the plants and sending the leaves flying off before leaving the scene of their destruction - trampling over the remaining shrubs as they go

Shocking photographs show the boys booting the plants and sending the leaves flying off before leaving the scene of their destruction - trampling over the remaining shrubs as they go

A Hampshire police spokesman said: 'We can confirm we received a report of criminal damage in Priory Road, Gosport. 

'Damage had been caused to the flower beds around the anchor and the Canadian War Memorial.'

The images were snapped by a woman who lives close to the memorial, but did not want to be named for fear of what might happen.

She said: 'There were a group of five girls and two boys who made a fire on the grass. 

'Next thing I heard was a lot of noise and I looked out to see one of the boys kicking out the plants. It was absolutely appalling to witness.'

Another resident, Stephen Walker, added: 'These kids need to be made an example of.

'The flowers were planted for those that lost their lives and gave these kids the freedom they have today yet this is the respect they get.'   

The shocking war memorial damage comes less than a month after a large group of teenagers clashed with police at the Hardway slipway - a popular waterside hotspot.

CCTV footage captured a young boy sitting on the bonnet of a police car last month, while others surrounded the vehicle

CCTV footage captured a young boy sitting on the bonnet of a police car last month, while others surrounded the vehicle

CCTV footage captured a young boy sitting on the bonnet of a police car last month, while others surrounded the vehicle.

Now, after the latest damage to the war memorial site, local residents have urged police to take action. 

One man, a former police officer, revealed he had even been headbutted when challenging misbehaving teens.   

He said: 'I was headbutted recently when I challenged them about their behaviour.

'The language they use is appalling, bins have been set on fire, criminal damage caused and there is often underage drinking.

'Parents need to take more responsibility. The boys should be made to replant the flowers and the parents pay for it.'

Another local, who again did not want to be named for fear of what may happen, said: 'It's the same every night, large groups of youngsters gathering outside my house. 

'They go out in the water, where my stepson has his yacht moored. One night, there was about 15 of the teenagers sitting on his boat, it forced the keel down into the mud.

'Then they were rocking back and forth on it and it was going to break it. But when I came out to ask them to get off it, I was met with abuse - swearing and shouting at me.

'They are all teenagers and they're smoking and drinking. I have had to start shutting my curtains to get away from it. But it just makes you miserable.'

The shocking war memorial damage comes less than a month after a large group of teenagers clashed with police near the pretty Hardway slipway - a popular waterside hotspo

The shocking war memorial damage comes less than a month after a large group of teenagers clashed with police near the pretty Hardway slipway - a popular waterside hotspo

Another neighbour, who lives directly opposite the area the youngsters gather, said: 'It has got really bad.

'They are loud, they shout and swear at each other and at other people who live round here. They're obnoxious and it's just making all our lives a misery.

'There's a sign up telling them they can't gather in large groups, but it doesn't stop them.

'Something needs to be done, because it is going to get out of hand.'

Police hunt teenage thugs caught on camera as they trashed a D-Day war memorial

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