The William Street toilets in Herne Bay were closed by the council (stock image)

Public loos shut after thugs threaten acid attack on cleaners

Canterbury City Council shut one of its public toilets after thugs threatened an acid attack on cleaners.

The incident was one of a number reported at the William Street loos in Herne Bay.

It prompted the authority to decide to close the toilets in the afternoons as this is when the series of threats took place.

Council spokesman Rob Davies said: “Following incidents where staff from our toilets contractor Kingdom were threatened by gangs, including one where the threat involved acid being thrown in the face, we took the difficult decision on Thursday, May 3 to close the toilets in William Street at midday each day for one week.

“Midday was chosen due to the fact these incidents have taken place in the afternoon.”

Police are aware of the incidents.

The council says it will reopen the toilets today, but will have no hesitation closing them again if the attacks persist

Mr Davies apologised for the inconvenience caused

“We are 100% certain that people will agree these threats to the staff are totally unacceptable and that closing the toilets is the right course of action to protect the people who work hard maintaining these facilities,” he added.

“They have the right to be safe at work and it would have been irresponsible not to take the steps we took.

“Other public toilets in Herne Bay are open as usual. We have also spoken to Herons Leisure Centre to ask them to be sympathetic to anyone who needs the toilet even if they are not using the centre’s facilities.”

The toilets are next to the William Street car park and close to the Kavanagh Cinema and Morrisons supermarket.

Cllr Neil Baker, chairman of the city council’s community committee, said: “This is totally outrageous behaviour upon people doing their jobs.”

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