CITY council-run toilets were reported to be disrupted after a major leak earlier today.

A user of the toilets in Gloucester Green reported every urinal in the men's toilets was 'covered in tape and plastic' and that 'bits of pipe' had been disconnected by the early afternoon, while a 'member of staff directed gentlemen to one working cubicle'.

But city council spokesman Tony Ecclestone said: "There was an issue in the parent and baby unit at around 7.30am. Staff located the source of the water and cleared it up. The ladies and gents were fully operational and the parent and baby unit was back in operation by 8am."

Just last month, Oxford was awarded the 'loo of the year' award for the best council-run public conveniences in the country.

Last month, a man was banned from much of Oxford city centre after taking drugs in the same toilets.

Gabriel Chamberlain, 45, of no fixed address, was given a Criminal Behaviour Order so he is unable to leave or store any personal items in public places across England and Wales. His access in Oxford is also very restricted.

Chamberlain had been found in a toilet cubicle in Gloucester Green.

He was asked to leave by a council worker because the toilets were being closed for the night, but he refused.