When staff at Appleton Kindergarten arrived at the centre last Thursday morning they were angry to find the play area trashed.

But that quickly turned to disgust when they viewed CCTV security camera footage and discovered two of the five had urinated over the children's slide.

"These five kids, four boys and a girl, had come into the outdoor area of the kindergarten, thrown toys and everything around and left the place a real mess," head teacher Julie Chatham told the Dannevirke News.

"The place had been vandalised, but my staff quickly rectified things and carried out a health and safety check because the children couldn't wait to get outside and play in the sun.

"However, once we checked the security cameras I was almost sick to my stomach to see two of the five had stood on top of a climbing box and urinated down the slide.

"It was heartbreaking to watch the footage of our equipment being thrown around and absolutely trashed, but then to see the next acts, unbelievable. I'm gutted."

Julie couldn't understand why anyone would want to do such things, anywhere, let alone at a kindergarten.

"What they didn't know is that they have been positively identified and will now face the consequences of their actions.

"And everyone should be warned, we have security cameras everywhere, so they should stay out."

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The actions of the five have left parents and others in the community outraged.

"It's just disgusting. My two girls go to Appleton and the staff are so good," Brendon Warne said.

"Maybe karma will come to these five people. Some crime is just straight out nasty and it's hard to find a explanation that could ever sit right."

And Sheryl Apiata took to Facebook to suggest a suitable punishment.

"Make them clean everything."

Norsewood's Kathryn Mulinder had her own novel idea for punishment.

"I'd be happy to provide pink fluoro jackets printed with 'I'm a public nuisance' as long as the vandals are made to wear them every day for a month during peak times up High St as they clean windows and pavers.

"We'd soon find this type of punishment would deter repeat performances."

The incident was reported to police, who were investigating.