Shoppers and party goers in Preston will have to find somewhere else to spend a penny after public toilets in the city were vandalised.
The public toilets close to the Adelphi roundabout and the ones on Lune Street close to the Assembly pub were trashed by vandals causing around a £1,000 a damage.
The loos will now be closed for between three to four weeks whilst the damage is repaired.
It is understood that the vandals paid the 20p to get into the toilets before then smashing off the cash boxes in the toilets.
Preston Council said it is thought the offenders only made off with a small amount of money, in the region of around £20 and slammed the actions of the culprits as “deplorable.”
Lights showing that the toilets are out of order are lit up to make people aware.
City centre ward councillor Drew Dale said today: “There’s some mindless idiots out there that don’t think anything about vandalising public facilities. “I don’t know why they do it but we will get them up and running again as soon as possible.”
University ward councillor, where the Adelphi toilets are, added: “People are that desperate they are prepared to do anything for a small amount of money no matter what damage they cause.”
The damage was caused the toilets over the weekend of January 12 and 13.
A spokesman for Preston Council, said: “These public toilets provide a service to the public and it is deplorable that they will have to close for some time and be repaired at a considerable cost to the taxpayer.”
It isn’t the first time that damage has been caused to the toilets in recent weeks.
A blaze was started in the toilets near the Adelphi roundabout on Christmas Day.
Firefighters were called at around 3.30pm and found a number of cardboard lager boxes stacked up and set alight.
The fire caused damage to an extraction unit in the toilet, but the fire was brought under control.