Newly refurbished toilets have been damaged in a ‘random act of mindless vandalism’.
A council team went to inspect, clean, and lock up the Fountain Street toilets in Guisborough at around 9pm on Monday, September 20.
They found the hand dryers had been ripped from the wall and the sinks and toilets were blocked with toilet paper and litter.
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Taxi drivers from the nearby rank hadn’t seen anyone hanging around up until around 5pm, so the damage is believed to have happened after that.
“I was really annoyed, relatively new toilets had only lasted a couple of weeks before some anti-social behaviour was committed,” said Cllr Andrew Hixon, Guisborough Ward.
“It’s infuriating, so much hard work had gone into the toilets and the car park, then you get a random act like that that just ruins it for everyone.”
The vandalism was reported to PCSOs and Redcar and Cleveland Council, which arranged a repairs team the following day.
“The hand dryers were pulled off the wall, but the wiring was still there, they just needed electrically checking to make sure they were safe and rewiring up,” Cllr Hixon said.
“It was mostly cosmetic stuff, apart from the dryers, and more of an inconvenience than anything else.
“All the councillors are saddened by this random act of mindless vandalism.”
The ladies’ remained open but the gents’ facilities were closed for a few hours on Tuesday, September 21 until they could be operational again.
The Council has asked for CCTV in the area, but unfortunately the CCTV over the car park was out of action at the time.
“No one has reported seeing anyone in particular,” Cllr Hixon said.
“Anti-social behaviour in the area has been declining from the stats we get from the PCSOs.
“That car park is quite busy, people use it for various exercise classes at the gym opposite and there’s a church hall, there’s a lot of people going backwards and forwards.”
The toilets had recently been refurbished as part of the car park upgrade to make parking for coaches easier and to upgrade the facilities for tourists visiting Guisborough.
The Council and councillors are hoping this was just a one-off random incident.
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