VANDALS, described as cowardly louts, have caused significant damage to the public toilets in Spilsby town centre, leaving them out of action for the weekly market.
Witnesses reported seeing four young males a little after 10.30pm on Sunday night, smashing up the public conveniences beside the market place.
The toilets, which are owned by East Lindsey District Council, were being left open 24 hours a day on a trial basis, to see if they could be of more use to the town.
A spokesperson for ELDC said: “Sadly because of this mindless and completely unacceptable behaviour, it is simply not going to be possible to leave the toilets open 24 hours a day.”
The cost of repairing the toilets is estimated to be in excess of £500 and ELDC urge members of the public with any information to assist the police with their investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Police and Spilsby town councillors are hopeful that the recently installed CCTV system will help identify the vandals.
Mayor of Spilsby Coun Michael Lenton said: “One of the cameras should have a reasonable view of it and another should have a side on view but that’s not to say it will definitely pick it up.
“A lot will depend on the time delay because the cameras take about a minute to pan around the area that they cover.
“The last thing anyone wants to see when they come to visit the market is for the toilets to be unavailable for public use because cowardly louts have damaged it for everyone.
“No good will come of it and I have no doubt that they will be caught and punished accordingly.”
Spilsby Town Council installed CCTV cameras at four different vantage points around the town centre to identify offenders following criminal activity and instances of anti-social behaviour.
Local police officers and the town council have been encouraged by the effectiveness the cameras have had as both a preventative measure and as a vital aid in conducting investigations.
At the time the Standard went to press on Tuesday the CCTV images had been reviewed and inquiries were being carried out.
PC Gary Young said: “This offence has caused significant damage to the toilets and we are appealing to the public to assist us in bringing the perpetrators to justice.
“We have been conducting house to house inquiries in the area but if you saw or heard anything that you have not yet reported too police we are keen to hear from you.”
l If you have any information contact Lincolnshire Police on 0300 111 0300 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111