Vandalism to public toilets in Abingdon has left people unable to spend a penny and the council says it has been left to pick up the bill.

Vale of White horse District Council is paying for the damage as anti-social behaviour has led to windows and doors at two of the town’s facilities being damaged.

The district council said the global supply crisis has meant sourcing replacements for the broken parts have been delayed, leaving residents and visitors alike unable to use the public lavatories at Hales Meadow and Abbey Meadows.

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Councillor Helen Pighills, said: “At a time when council budgets are tight, the extra cash needed for repairs is an unwanted bill, compounded by the delays we are experiencing like the rest of the country in getting the necessary parts to make repairs.”

Vandals damaged the door at the facilities in Hales Meadow, resulting in a £2,500 bill for a replacement that was delayed due to the shortage of semi-conductors.

The repairs have now been completed and the toilets are reopened.

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At Abbey Meadows, windows were installed in the public toilet door to provide natural light and save energy. But due to vandalism glass windows will no longer be installed on toilet doors.

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The radar key sensor was destroyed, meaning the Space for Change toilet will remain closed until April 26.

The vandalism incidents have been reported to Thames Valley Police.

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