A VIDEO of a man trashing an Oxford betting shop in front of shocked customers has gone viral on Facebook.

Footage filmed by witnesses at Betfred in Cowley has been viewed more than a million times on various profiles and pages since being posted yesterday.

They show a man taking chairs and swinging them over his head, crashing them down on various betting machines.

He then prises the machines from the walls and pulls them to the floor as speechless witnesses watch on.

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A distressed woman can be heard phoning police and saying: "We have a young man in here throwing the machines about, he's smashing them up.

"We need assistance urgently."

It happened at the Betfred branch in Upper Bar, Templars Square. 

A separate video of the same rampage shows the man emptying a metal bin, with paper slips strewn all over the carpet, before hurling it towards a wall.

He then takes another chair to another corner of machines, and glass can be heard shattering as he makes impact.

The man's face is obscured by a baseball cap throughout the video. 

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Thames Valley Police said its officers were called at 7.27pm on Saturday to reports of a man damaging property inside Betfred.

Officers arrived on scene within two minutes.

A 47-year-old man from Oxford was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage to property and has since been released under investigation. 

Betfred has been contacted for further information.