CCTV cameras at Manor Park are the latest victims of the antisocial behaviour that has plagued the recreational area for weeks.

Youths have been pelting the cameras with stones in an attempt to break them and destroy any evidence of vandalism they might capture.

The camera closest to the war shrine, which was attacked two weeks ago, had been out of action until last Wednesday.

Community Safety Co-ordinator at Rushmoor Council, Bob Lampard, confirmed that it is now back in action.

He said: “There was a technical fault with the camera, and we had to wait for it to be fixed.

“When we got it down, we could see that it had been battered from people throwing stones at it.”

The second camera to be attacked by the yobs is a new style one that sits inside a glass dome, and is currently placed at the skateboard park.

“The dome had to be replaced,” explained Mr Lampard.

“We put the cameras on the highest poles that we are allowed so they are out of reach, but people still manage to get to them.

“The dome is made from toughened glass that is very hard to break, but if you have a powerful catapult or heavy brick, they can be broken.

“Yet each time we have to replace these domes after people have attacked them, it costs £250 of the taxpayers’ money.”

Groups of up to 40 teenagers are reported to be hanging around the park during the lighter evenings, drinking under age and vandalising play equipment.

In particular, the attack on the war shrine came as a shock to local people, devastated that the young people of Aldershot, known as the Home of the British Army, could destroy a shrine dedicated to its soldiers.

“I think it is absolutely disgraceful,” said Cllr Colin Balchin, representative of the Manor Park ward.

“It’s despicable that the shrine has been desecrated by young people, and that this type of vandalism is still happening in the area. I have heard it said that Manor Park is a den of iniquity.”

The problem with youths hanging around the park has prompted the police to label it as one of their PRIME initiatives.

Problem Resolution In a Multi-agency Environment (PRIME) is a new strategy dedicated to finding long-term solutions to problems.

For example, at Manor Park, the police are working with Rushmoor Council, the youth team, park rangers and trading standards.

“The youths did a lot of damage to the shrine,” said Insp Sharon Petherbridge of Aldershot police.

“We don’t want this type of problem every summer so all five of the agencies are tackling this, to ensure long-term sustainability.

“All the factors have to be looked at — it’s not just about patrolling the area — the youths need somewhere to go.”

Rushmoor Council in particular has become increasingly concerned at the amount of antisocial behaviour in Aldershot and is busy investigating what young people require.

Andrew Lloyd, the council’s chief executive, visited the Tices Meadow estate last week. The estate has had long-standing problems with gangs hanging around disrupting residents.

He said: “I am very keen to tackle the issues of antisocial behaviour on that estate, and along with the councillors and other agencies, we will focus our efforts to deal with the problems.

“We need to look clearly at the requirements of the young people there and see if we are able to deliver them.”