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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 June, 2004, 11:11 GMT 12:11 UK
Vandals attack toilets twice
Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl
The vandalism took place near the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl
Public toilets in a South Wales tourist town have been destroyed twice by vandals in two successive nights.

Thousands of pounds in damage was caused to the conveniences outside the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl in what has been described as a "determined" attack.

Plumbing was disconnected, windows were smashed and fittings were broken.

Council staff carried out repairs after the first night of vandalism but a second attack caused further damage.

"This was far more than just a case of someone spraying graffiti on a wall," said councillor Patricia Hacking from Bridgend Council.

It seems that the vandals did half of the damage on Saturday, then returned on Sunday night to finish the job
Patricia Hacking, Bridgend Council

"Whoever did this came prepared.

"They disconnected u-bends in the toilets and sinks, jammed them with paper towels, then reconnected the system and let it all overflow.

"The attackers also dismantled hand dryers and systematically broke them down into component parts, tore toilet roll holders and soap dispensers off walls, smashed windows and destroyed lights and closet doors," she said.

The attacks took place on Saturday and Sunday and the council fear it will cost thousands to repair the damage.

"Both the male and female toilets were targeted in the attack and it seems that the vandals did half of the damage on Saturday, then returned on Sunday night to finish the job," said Ms Hacking.

"We're in the middle of a busy tourist season and the toilets are checked every two hours.

"When the first round of damage was discovered, council staff worked late into Saturday night to get it all cleaned up and repaired so the toilets could reopen again in the morning.

"But on Sunday night the vandals returned to finish what they had started.

"This was a pointless, despicable act and I would urge anyone who has information about it to contact the police.

"Whoever did this is only hitting themselves in the pocket as the repair bill is likely to be in the thousands and will have to be paid for by local taxpayers," she added.

South Wales Police are investigating the vandalism incidents.

Sergeant Angela Bennett said: "Unfortunately no witnesses have come forward which is surprising because there was a lot of damage and there would have been a lot of noise.

"It happened between four and five o'clock on the Sunday and I am sure there would have been a lot of people walking nearby who would have seen something."

She said that a red cleaning fluid was found in the toilets which would probably have been on the clothes of the person who carried out the damage.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact South Wales Police on 01656 655 555

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