CCTV could be option at vandalised toilets

Wooler bus station
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 that 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 informed the meeting that a number of youths have been spoken to by officers 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.

There have been five crimes of shoplifting in local shops. 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 aware of issues with vehicles double parking at the entrance to Oliver Road, and potentially causing obstruction to emergency vehicles.