VANDALS ripped down and tore two huge banners advertising a charity run.
The organisers of Havant School Games were shocked to discover the 12ft and 6ft banners had been ripped from the gates at Staunton Country Park, Leigh Park.
The run on Sunday kicks off the week-long games, which will involve 16,000 pupils from every Havant school.
The run is open to anyone and all those taking part will be given points which they can use to boost the points of a school of their choice.
Now members of Havant Rotary, who are organising the games, fear people may think the run is no longer on because the sign is missing.
Peter Poulton said: ‘What is so upsetting about it is it happened right in the community we are trying to help.
‘The money we raise will be going to projects to enhance the lives of young people in the area. And it’s probably someone from the area who did this.
‘We only realised when one of our members drove past and saw it strewn across the floor in pieces.’
The one-mile race around the ornamental lake costs £5 for adults, £2.50 for children and £10 for a family of four.
There is also a buggy run for parents with young children.
Runners can take the route at their own pace and registration starts at 11am. The last race is at 2.30pm.
For more information go to hrsg.co.uk