Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Caton public toilets vandalised again, Council counts cost

Public toilets at the Bull Beck picnic site in Caton could be closed indefinitely, following a further spate of vandalism to the building this weekend that will cost Lancaster City Council thousands to repair.

The attack is believed to have taken place at around 2.00am on Sunday morning when the locked metal security gates were ripped off their hinges by the intruders.

During the attack, toilets were smashed, water pipes ripped off the wall and paper dispensers and door locks broken. The litter bin outside the block was set on fire causing further damage to the building.

Clearing and replacing the broken toilets and associated facilities is likely to cost in the region of £2,000.

"This particular toilet block has been subjected to mindless acts of vandalism for many years now as well as being a hotspot for antisocial behaviour," says Mark Davies, the Council's Head of Environmental Services.

"Regardless of the fact that the toilets are located on a popular picnic area used by many during the day, the council simply cannot continue spending council tax payers money on making repairs to the toilet block, only for it to be damaged again during the night.

"Once again, the police have been informed and if caught, the city council will take action, including legal, against those involved.

"If anyone has information which will lead to those responsible being caught, I would urge them to contact Lancaster police on 101."

The toilet block will remain closed for the time being.

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