Extra security measures are under consideration for
Oamaru public toilets after police said they were seeking the
''brainless'' culprits behind two incidents at the toilets over
Community constable Bruce Dow said police would like
information on the location or identity of the people who
damaged the Eden St disabled toilets on Thursday night or
He said the inside of the toilet, a toilet roll dispenser, a
soap dispenser, a hand-drier and a toilet cistern were all
''Ratepayers of this town have to fork out for this wanton,
senseless and needless damage, carried out by a brainless
oxygen thief or thieves who need to be held to account for
their actions and made to pay back to this community the cost
of their actions.''
Waitaki District Council recreation manager Eric Van der Spek
said the Eden St toilets had been damaged about five or six
times this year, and the council would consider options to
The latest damage was expected to cost a ''reasonable''
amount of money to fix, he said.
''Certainly we are quite concerned about it. It's probably
getting towards the thousands rather than the hundreds [of
Mr Van der Spek said the Eden St toilets were open all night
and although they ''could'' be closed overnight, the council
liked to have at least one facility open 24 hours a day.
Security cameras were one option being considered.
''The damage is very frustrating. Obviously it is costing us
a bit, but obviously we want toilets to be available for
people as well, rather than closing them at 7pm.''
In a second incident, Senior Constable Dow said police had
received a complaint about 1pm on Saturday that a man had
been seen allegedly performing an indecent act in the Itchen
''We are keen to locate this fella and he is described as
being in his 30s with brown hair, wearing jeans and a leather
jacket. A few may see this act as a light-hearted matter but
this person has issues that need resolving.''