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Anti-social behaviour by few causes inconvenience for many as Wisbech Horsefair shuts its loos

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Drug use and other anti-social behaviour has forced the Horsefair Shopping Centre in Wisbech to close its public toilets - five months after they re-opened.

Drug taking and anti-social behaviour force Wisbech shopping centre to close its toilets. (6565892)
Drug taking and anti-social behaviour force Wisbech shopping centre to close its toilets. (6565892)

The closure, announced on Tuesday, has taken immediate effect and means the closest public loos are in St Peter's car park.

Kevin Smith, the centre manager, said: “We regularly inspect the toilets and keep them clean and safe.

"Over recent months there has been an increase in serious anti-social behaviour by a small number of people after these cleaning processes. We have a clear responsibility for the safety of shoppers, our cleaners and other people using these facilities and have come to the difficult conclusion that they must be permanently closed.

"We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause to responsible users.”

A spokesman for New River REIT Plc, the Horsefair's owners, said drug misuse in the toilets was a major factor in the decision to close. She said: "The company has tried its hardest to keep the toilets open, but unfortunately it has not been possible. There has been anti-social behaviour - mainly drug taking - and vandalism, and the cost of keeping the toilets safe and clean is too much."

The toilets had been previously closed as a result of similar problems but public pressure encouraged the Horsefair toilets to be re-opened at the end of August - it is unlikely that will happen a second time around.

The spokesman added: "We are sorry for any inconvenience caused."

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