THIS is the moment a sledgehammer wielding man destroyed more than £20,000 worth of equipment at a railway depot in a fit of rage.

Officers from British Transport Police (BTP) launched a nationwide appeal after a man broke into a compound and destroyed walls, toilets and computers.

He then stole the keys to a vehicle before ramming it into a set of gates.

Officers estimated his rampage caused up to £30,000 of damage on October 22, but his actions were caught on camera.

Despite an extensive investigation however, he has managed to escape the clutches of police for more than six months.

A BTP spokesman said: "A man climbed into a Network Rail compound near Victoria station using a sledgehammer. When inside the building he used the hammer to smash up walls, windows, toilets and computers.

"During his rampage he stole a pair of keys to a Network Rail vehicle. He then got into the vehicle and drove away from the compound before driving it through a pair of gates."

Officers hunting the man, who arrived at the depot in a white van, to contact them immediately.

Detective sergeant Krishan Appannah added: “This was an utterly meaningless rampage. By stealing a van and driving it so erratically, this could have had lethal consequences for either the man himself or a passing member of the public.

“His 30 minute path of destruction is estimated to have caused roughly £20,000 to £30,000 worth of damage. This is simply unacceptable and we are working hard to trace him, however I need your help. “I would urge anyone who recognises this man to contact us as soon as possible.”