TRADERS have been left counting the cost after a drunken vandal smashed shop windows.
CCTV from Sunday night shows a man wobbling across Clarendon Road, in Southsea, holding a road sign which he then throws at Top-Let estate agents.
After smashing that window the man moves on to Ultra Violet florist, just a few doors down, Agora Turkish and Greek restaurant, opposite, and then Debenhams, in Palmerston Road.
The owners say the glass will costs thousands of pounds to replace as they were all windows with the business names branded on them.
Laura Hill, owner of Top Let, said: ‘It wasn’t the kind of thing you want to come into on a Monday morning.
‘It wasn’t a great start to the week. We are a small business and it’s just not the kind of thing that we need.
I can’t understand the mentality of someone who would do thisLaura Hill
‘Apart from Debenhams we are all small businesses.
‘We have been here three years and we know you get drunken people from the pubs but we’ve never had any problems before.
‘From the CCTV it just looks like a drunk, angry man has done this. It was opportunistic.
‘We’re not sure exactly how much but it will cost a lot to replace because it’s got our branding on it.
‘I can’t understand the mentality of someone who would do this.’
Soraya Parker, owner of Ultra Violet, said her damaged windows will cost at least £1,400 to replace and added: ‘It’s very upsetting and looks bad for business.’
Yilmaz Sener, owner of Agora, said he will have to spend at least £2,000 on new windows and a table.
He added: ‘I had a call from one of my patrons to say the window was smashed. Apparently by a very drunk person with a traffic sign. It will cost us a lot of money.’
In a statement Hampshire police said: ‘This mindless vandalism has been a costly experience for the businesses as shop windows are costly to replace and they have had to spend time and money sorting this out.
‘We’d appeal for witnesses to this vandalism or anyone who thinks they know who is responsible to contact us on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously if they prefer, on 0800 555 111.’