Vandals cause £5,000 of damage to public toilets

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VANDALS have caused £5,000 of damage to two blocks of public toilets in Sandsend.

They struck at both sets of toilets at the bottom of Lythe Bank and the ones near the doctor’s surgery between 3pm on Friday 11 March and 9.15am on Saturday 12 March, ripping out the cisterns and sinks, damaging pipework and even dumping some of the debris on the beach.

Andrew Williams, Scarborough Borough Council’s leisure manager said: “The level of vandalism is shocking and the mindless individuals that carried it out have robbed visitors and local residents of the valuable service that these toilets provide.

“I urge anyone who has any information in relation to the incident to call North Yorkshire Police or Crimestoppers.

“We are currently assessing the value of the damage and will soon be pulling together a schedule for the repairs.

“The severe nature of the vandalism means that unfortunately we have had no choice but to close the toilets until further notice; we hope that the public will bear with us during this time.”

Police are appealing to anyone who saw anything suspicious to come forwards.

Police Constable Neil Graham of the Whitby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The vandalism will inconvenience many of those who pay a visit to the beach.

“I ask anyone who has any information about the vandal who carried out this damage to contact me as soon as possible as I need to speak to them.”

If you can assist with this enquiry please contact PC Neil Graham at Whitby Police Station on 0845 60 60 24 7 quoting reference number 12110039521 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.