POLICE have released CCTV footage of three youths they want to speak to in connection with a spate of vandalism in Weymouth.

Residents in Greenhill and Melcombe Regis were angered and appalled after a trail of ‘mindless’ destruction left 15 beach chalets, a cafe, an apartment and a car with smashed windows.

Officers are now appealing for witnesses and anyone with information about the incidents.

PC Matt Lydford, of Weymouth police, said: “These are cases of mindless criminal damage which have caused untold upset to a number of victims.

“I am very keen to speak to the boys pictured as they may have information which will assist in our investigation.

“If anyone recognises them, I would ask them to contact me urgently.”

He added: “One of the teenage boys has a very distinctive two tone jumper on, while the other in the red hooded top has a yellow drawstring bag on his back.

“I would also ask anyone who may have witnessed any criminal damage incidents in the Greenhill and Melcombe Regis areas around the above dates to come forward and contact Dorset Police in the strictest confidence.”

Sue Bray, chairman of the Weymouth chalet users community group, described the vandalism as absolutely appalling and urged any witnesses to come forward.

She said: “It’s just wilful damage which ultimately the council and taxpayers have to pay to repair.

“I was absolutely livid when it happened and I definitely welcome the fact that the police have released these images.”

She added: “These people need to be stopped.”

“I just can’t understand why they do it.

“It wasn’t even as though anything was taken. It’s just wanton violence.”

Witnesses and anyone with information can call Dorset Police on 101 quoting crime number 44273 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.