October 30, 2019 10.55 am This story is over 33 months old

Lincoln city centre defecator caught on camera

It has angered local businesses in the area

A person was caught short and caught on CCTV taking a dump outside the gate of a local snooker club.

The owner and surrounding businesses are fed up with the vile daily stench of urine and faeces in the area.

Phillip Cross, owner at Lincoln Snooker Club, saw someone on his CCTV “casually doing their business on the drain” outside the club’s gate at 6.34am on Tuesday, October 29.

Phillip, who took over the club located on St Peter At Arches off Silver Street, in June said the problem is getting worse “at an alarming rate”.

Occasional needles and evidence of drug abuse have also been found in the area several times a week. A huge pile of faeces was also found near Cafe Nero on Sunday, October 27.

It is having a “detrimental effect” on him and other nearby businesses, who are left to clean up the mess.

Photo: Screenshot from Lincoln Snooker Club’s CCTV

He told The Lincolnite that he requested that the city council puts up a gate at the end of the alleyway, which can be locked overnight, to help tackle the issue. After reporting the issue in July he said he was told to keep records.

Phillip said: “Prior to taking over Lincoln Snooker Club in June, I was aware that the alleyway is known to have problems with anti social behaviour.

“Unfortunately it is getting worse at an alarming rate. There is a daily stench of urine without fail, occasional needles and evidence of drug abuse and at least two or three times a week there are piles of human excrement.

“All of the above is affecting my business, the Guilded Quill tattooist, Exquisite Nail & Spa and Cafe Nero. The nail and spa signs have also been vandalised.

“We would like to request a gate to be positioned at the end of the alleyway that we can lock at night and unlock in the morning to avoid these issues. The wider problem is that the homeless have no public conveniences to use at all and have to go somewhere in the street.”

He added that he is also hoping to work with Framework in Lincoln to have one afternoon a week for homeless people to come in and play snooker to “give them something to look forward to and encourage participation in the game”.

Phillip reported the recent incident to Lincolnshire Police and City of Lincoln Council.

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: “We received a call at 9.24am today (October 30), of a report that a person had defecated in front of Lincoln Snooker Club, St Peter At Arches, Lincoln.

“Anyone with information should call 101, quoting Incident 103 of October 30.”

The Lincolnite contacted the city council, but there was no reply by the time of publication.