A VIDEO showing an incident of public urination on Market Place, Basingstoke has been sent to the Business Improvement District (BID) over worries about the conduct of those filming.

The video shows a woman, clearly intoxicated, urinating on the pavement while using the ATM machine at Barclay’s bank.

Alan Stone, of BID, said: “I got sent it by a friend who was sent it by another friend. As a top of the town representative, I get sent all sorts of videos and I pass them onto the relevant authorities.”

Speaking of his concern over the woman’s welfare Mr Stone, who also runs Squirrel’s Antiques on New Street, said: “No one helped her, they just stood and filmed and laughed. What kind of society are we living in that it is more important to get a Youtube clip than help people.

“Most people will find a toilet. She was obviously so drunk that she did not care less what she was doing.

“It upsets me to see people not helping other people. People get drunk all the time and do stupid things, but they usually have friends there who have their back. Where were they in this case?”

BID hopes to coordinate more with local police in order to patrol the area in the evenings.

“The top of the town is a bit wild at the best of times. We don’t get many police officers and we are hoping to get PCSOs and our rangers to work together so that the town can be covered at least most of the time.”

As far as Mr Stone is aware, the footage was not reported to the police at the time, but he says it will make up part of a collection of evidence for increased police presence in the area.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary told The Gazette that anyone who witnesses an instance of public urination should seek assistance from someone on duty, including Street Pastors and door or licensed premises staff at any of the venues or a community safety, police officer or police community support officer.

In England and Wales, public urination is an offence under the Public Order Act 1986, and can be punishable with a fine of up to £85.