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Repaired Kingussie toilets trashed yet again

By Tom Ramage

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Highland Councillors are despairing at the fate of Kingussie's public conveniences after yet another vandal attack.

The extent of the latest damage is not known yet but images released show one cubicle devastated in Saturday's spate of violence.

CLOSED: Some of Saturday's damage. No estimate of the cost has been released at this stage.
CLOSED: Some of Saturday's damage. No estimate of the cost has been released at this stage.

"Kingussie toilets vandalised AGAIN," posted Highland Council convener and Aviemore councillor Bill Lobban, above a photograph of the smashed cubicle.

"Your taxpayers' money has to pay for this!"

Thousands were spent last time on restoring the conveniences after the last attack.

Fellow Highland councillor Russell Jones, of Kingussie, told the Strathy tonight: "The council will not continually repair the toilets and they will at some point simply close them.

"It would be a huge loss to the town."

Mr Jones added: "Hopefully the culprits will be identified and this can be stopped."

He confirmed that CCTV images existed from Saturday and they were being passed to the police.

A Highland Council spokesperson said tonight: "Unfortunately due to significant vandalism Highland Council has had to close Kingussie public toilets with immediate effect.

“The council’s amenity services are disappointed with the way in which the facility has been treated.

“As has occurred at other sites where ongoing vandalism is an issue, an immediate closure has been instructed due to the site being currently unfit for use.

“The council will attempt to re-open in a few weeks’ time when it is satisfied that the daily threat of vandalism is reduced.

“The Police have been informed of the incident.”

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