Fire started in Seaford public lavatories

The conveniences at The Salts have been subjected to a spate of vandalism

The conveniences at The Salts have been subjected to a spate of vandalism

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Public lavatories have been the subject of persistent vandalism - including a fire being started inside the building.

Seaford Town Council has been working closely with Sussex Police in the search for the culprits.

There has been a long list of attacks at The Salts Recreation Ground in Seaford over the last two years.

But recently, throughout June, the public loos have been the focus of the vandalism. Damage has been caused to lights, doors and the disabled access.

Cleaning contractors have been subjected to verbal abuse and at the end of last month a fire was lit inside the building which could have led to it being destroyed.

Lewes District Council, which manages the cleaning contract and the maintenance of the facilities, has been left with no other choice but to close the lavatories at 3pm each day, resulting in the loss of the service to visitors.

The town council and the police are actively working to pursue the offenders and are seeking supporting evidence in order to identify those responsible.

The council is urging residents to be vigilant for similar activities and encouraging community action in reporting any criminal behaviour that is witnessed in parks and throughout the town.

The council warned that if offenders are not identified and apprehended repair costs of this nature are often met entirely by the taxpayer, particularly if insurance claims are not cost-effective for the level of damage.

It said that using the 101 non-emergency line ensures that a record is logged. If the incidents are not reported, or not reported as soon as the evidence comes to light, then police have little to work on.

If 101 lines are busy, you can also report incidents quickly online by using www.sussex.police.co.uk and following the ‘Report Online’ link.

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