Vandals damage loos at Wooler bus station
Police have stepped up patrols following a spate of vandalism to the toilets at Wooler bus station.
And frustrated parish councillors are considering whether they should install CCTV or shut the loos at night to tackle the issue.
At last month’s parish council meeting, police reported that there had been several incidents of damage.
Police patrols have been increased in the area and are speaking with local people in an effort to identify the culprits.
Coun Mark Mather said the toilet blocks had been damaged on a number of different occasions. Councillors decided to give the police a chance to try to sort out the vandalism.
Members added that, if the vandalism persists, either CCTV will be requested again from Northumberland County Council, or the toilets will be locked at nights.
Meanwhile, police said that a number of youths have been spoken to after they were found to be trespassing in the former Ryecroft Hotel. Police have urged the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to them.
It was also revealed there have been five crimes of shoplifting. Police have identified and dealt with an offender for two of these crimes, while the remaining three are under investigation.
There has been damage to a fence, a theft of a purse and a hubcap stolen from a mobile home. A woman was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.
Police are also aware of issues with vehicles double parking at the entrance to Oliver Road, and potentially causing obstruction to emergency vehicles.
Changes to High street parking times and adding double-yellow lines on Brewery Road are in hand with the county council and are programmed in the work schedule.
A pedestrian crossing is to be put on South Road, near the Milk Bar, said Coun Mather.
Several items are damaged at the play parks in Bryson’s Park and Scott’s Park.