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Chatham bus station toilets vandalised

By Medway Messenger reporter

Toilets at Chatham’s multi-million pound bus station have been out of action for months because someone keeps defecating inside and spreading the faeces all over the walls.

For the past few months, staff at the ticket office have had to put a 'closed for maintenance' sign on the toilet because it is dirtied on a daily basis.

On some days after the mess has been cleaned up, the culprit then goes back to the lavatory and spreads more excrement across the walls.

Toilets have been closed at Chatham bus station after being plagued by filthy vandalism
Toilets have been closed at Chatham bus station after being plagued by filthy vandalism

Syringes have also been left there and staff have been threatened.

The toilet, which is owned and managed by Medway Council, now has a permanent closed sign on it.

Pensioner Peter Nassan, of Longhill Avenue, Chatham, noticed the toilet in the bus ticket depot was closed for maintenance several months ago.

Mr Nassan from the Medway Pensioners’ Forum, said: “It is disgusting, ridiculous someone is doing this on a daily basis.

“Something needs to be done about it to stop this person.

"Incidents included excrement being spread over the walls, used syringes left on the floor, toilets dismantled and cleaning staff confronted by threatening behaviour" - Medway Council

“Pensioners often use the bus station and may need the toilet quickly.”

The toilet was the only free public toilet in Chatham, the facilities in the Pentagon Shopping Centre have a 20p charge to use them.

Medway Council bosses have informed the police.

A spokesman said: “The toilets were initially opened for use by bus station staff only.

“However, some members of the public started to use the toilets, and as it was only a small number of people the toilets were left open.

“Unfortunately the toilets became difficult to maintain after they were misused on almost a daily basis.

“Incidents included excrement being spread over the walls, used syringes left on the floor, toilets dismantled and cleaning staff confronted by threatening behaviour.

“Since the toilets have been closed to the public, the incidents have stopped.

"We are looking into providing alternative facilities for the public and will liaise with the police to help prevent any further incidents of unacceptable behaviour.”

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