This is the moment a vandal destroyed a row of plants outside a city pub in a bizarre attack.
The Old Horse in London Road, which has been subject to a range of odd thefts in the last year, has shared footage of the most recent incident.
It happened at around 4.50am on Sunday morning, and the pub owners believe the culprit is someone who was returning home from a night out.
Kevin Shepherdson, landlord of the pub, told the Mercury: “The cleaners came in on Sunday and saw all the flowers on the road then realised they were ours.
“It was ridiculous really, we thought we would try and see how it happened so we took a look at the CCTV and just saw this lad yanking out the flowers and chucking them on the road.
“He looks like a young lad, he isn’t a down and out type. It looks like he is just coming back from a night out.
“We had just planted them because of the nice weather. They had only just been done. It cost a couple of hundred quid because we had new conifers put in.
“It’s a shame really, we always do a really nice display, and the fact that this keeps happening is really discouraging.”
In July, a man was caught on camera stealing parasols from the pub five times, and in September thieves walked off with potted plants.
In the CCTV footage released of the most recent incident, a man is seen walking past the pub, pulling plants out of the soil in garden boxes, and throwing them behind him into the road.
The video was shared on the pub’s Facebook page with the caption: “Bet Alan Titchmarsh never had this problem.”
Kevin added: “We have had quite a big reaction since we shared the video online. People have found it entertaining, and that’s why I put the caption about Alan Titchmarsh on it.”
The pub is not reporting the vandalism to the police, but is having to replace the plants, which will cost hundreds of pounds.
We couldn’t even pick them up and replant them because most of them were in the middle of the road and had been driven over.”
Since the plant and parasol thefts at the pub, none of the items have been returned.
Kevin added: “We haven’t put any pot plants out there in case the other ones were stolen.”