‘Isolated’ villages need more help from police, says councillor

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 October 2019

Public toilets in Wrington have been trashed over two consecutive weekends.Picture: Google Street View

Public toilets in Wrington have been trashed over two consecutive weekends.Picture: Google Street View

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‘Trashed toilets’ and cars being climbed on top of during antisocial behaviour incidents has led to pleas from councillors for the police to do more.

Ward councillor for Wrington, Steve Hogg.Picture: Lily Newton-BrowneWard councillor for Wrington, Steve Hogg.Picture: Lily Newton-Browne

Drivers speeding through the village is another major problem Wrington has faced over the past few weeks, the Times has been told.

Villagers have reported on social media the toilets, in Broad Street, are being 'trashed weekly', and that people are damaging doors, flooding floors and setting fire to toilet rolls and rubbish.

The facilities are now being repaired, and Wrington Parish Council chairman, Jill Rawlings, says its a 'damn shame' when public money could be spent on other village resources.

Social media speculation suggests a group of teenagers may be to blame for the ongoing problems in the village.

Ward councillor for Wrington, Steve Hogg, said: "I believe it's a group of young people causing unruly antisocial behaviour in Wrington.

"It's been happening in the village for a couple of months now, it seems to be prevalent at the moment.

"I wrote to the area's PCSO about the issue around a week ago, and I've had no response.

"I also invited an officer to attend a parish council meeting tonight (Wednesday), but I've not had a reply.

"I understand the force is stretched, but people can become isolated in rural communities.

"It's times like these where we need our local police to give us some help, but I also feel like the parents need to take more responsibility.

"We need people to see the force is taking these types of issues seriously, not just in Wrington, but in other villages too.

"These types of things happen every now and again, it will always happen, but we need action quickly to stop the problem getting worse.

Cllr Rawlings said: "The authority met with a repair company yesterday (Tuesday) to discuss how much it would cost to fix the damaged toilets in the village.

"It's a damn shame, it shouldn't have been trashed in the first place.

"The funds could have been spent on the recreation field or other village amenities."

The Times contacted Avon and Somerset Constabulary for comment but did not receive a response before deadline.

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