The pair of badly behaved kids laughed in the face of the law as they were pictured standing atop the vehicle near Newport on Wednesday afternoon. Police had been called to the area after an unexploded bomb from World War II was discovered. A video shows The Royal Navy Explosives Team, which travelled from Portsmouth to help, destroy the weapon.

Officers believed their work to be done after the mortar was safely detonated but returned to find their car damaged by hooligans. The hunt is now on after the culprits hoofed it from the scene of the crime.

A police statement said: ‘In a field on the outskirts of Newport what turned out to be an unexploded mortar from the second world war was discovered that needed making safe. ‘Our colleagues from the Royal Navy Explosives Team came across and ‘made it safe’. ‘Unfortunately whilst there a couple of “kids” caused damage to one of our police vehicles. If you recognise the offenders from the photo please let us know…’ The witness appeal delighted many Isle of Wight residents on social media, with more than 2,500 liking the post. One person wrote: ‘This sort of mindless behaviour really gets my goat’. Another said: ‘Just don’t make them out to be scapegoats’. It comes after a group of mountain goats defied lockdown rules to take over a quiet North Wales town in March.

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