Masked intruders cause £1000 worth of damage to family-run Southsea Model Village

  • Harry Wilson, the manager of the model village says the damage is the last thing they need before Christmas

Intruders wearing masks have broken into the Southsea Model Village in Portsmouth vandalising the attraction, in what the owners have told ITV News Meridian is the 'worst damage they've ever had'.

The incident is believed to have taken place at around 6:30pm last Sunday (17 December) and is expected to cost the small business over £1000 to repair.

Miniature buildings had doors and windows smashed and a bridge was torn down on Sunday night. The village was also broken into and damaged two years ago.

The owners shared a video on social media to identify those vandalising the exhibits and in a post on Facebook they said: "Yesterday we had a call from one of the boys mothers admitting that her son was one of the 2 that broke in and vandalised the village.

"She has offered to pay half of the damage costs and help in anyway she can."

After a video of the break-in was shared on social media and on ITV News Meridian's programme yesterday, bosses say a mother has come forward and has offered to pay for some of the damage.

It's thought the vandals would have had to climb a 15ft wall and remove spiking from it to get inside.

On social media, the owner said: "It's not what we need just before Christmas."ITV News Meridian has contacted Hampshire Police for a statement.

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