Vandal uses cement to block loo at chippy

Pani Photiou of Odessy Fish Bar with the new W.C. he had to install after the previous one was filled with concrete by a 'customer' December 10th 2012 E50124N

Pani Photiou of Odessy Fish Bar with the new W.C. he had to install after the previous one was filled with concrete by a 'customer' December 10th 2012 E50124N

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A couple walked into a fish and chip shop and caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage by brazenly pouring quick-dry cement down the restaurant’s toilet.

The Odyssey , in Langney Road, was targeted on Wednesday (December 5) by two people posing as customers .

“The woman sat down at the table and the man went, with a plastic bag, to the toilet,” said Pani Photiou, one of the owners of the restaurant and takeaway.

“We thought they were customers and that the man was going to come back to the table and have a meal with his partner.”

However, after three or four minutes the man left the toilet and walked straight out the door.

He was followed by the woman a few seconds later.

Staff at the Odyssey assumed the man had just gone in to use the toilet and thought little of it until another customer complained the toilet was blocked.

Pani said, “I was expecting to have to unblock the toilet, but I wasn’t able to and in the end I got a shovel and I could feel it was rock hard.

“It was concrete and when mixed with water it sets within seconds.”

The unexplained act of vandalism led to the whole system having to be replaced - at a cost of £300.

The matter has been reported to the police and Pani said, “The police told me they had never heard anything like it before.”

The incident caused problems for the business and its customers as there is only one disabled toilet at the 
Odyssey.

Customers of the fish and chip shop were allowed to use the loos in neighbouring businesses for a few days while a new toilet was being installed at Odyssey.

Pani is now hoping the CCTV footage will provide the concrete evidence needed to catch the culprit.