March 16, 2020 3.11 pm This story is over 21 months old

ELDC threatens more loo closures over soap and bog roll thefts

The authority has already had to close Coningsby toilets due thefts and vandalism

East Lindsey District Council bosses are threatening that more public toilets around the district could be closed after people started stealing soap and toilet rolls.

The authority has already had to close Coningsby due to similar thefts, and vandalism to a sink.

A spokesman said that the authority is trying to replace the stolen supplies, however, added that “as quick as we are restocking they’re being taken.”

They said that Horncastle and Wragby loos were the worst hit so far, however, other toilets have been affected.

“We only have a certain amount of supplies but we keep having to restock,” they said, adding that if things continued the authority would have to consider further closures to stop the incidents and save money.

As of Monday, the number of reported COVID-19 cases in the UK stood at 1,391.

Public Health England has previously reported that 35 people who had contracted the virus had died.

The government, however, is no longer routinely testing or contract tracing everyone who reports symptoms, so the number is expected to be higher.

In response to the epidemic, people have been panic buying supplies including loo roll, leaving shops empty and resulting in stocks being stolen from hospitals, businesses and public areas.

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