Rise in Vandalism of Public Toilets in Orkney

Orkney Islands Council has raised concerns over the increasing incidents of vandalism and damage to public toilets across the county. Recent weeks have seen facilities at the Pier Head, Ferry Road in Stromness, St Magnus Lane, and the Travel Centre in Kirkwall being targeted. The damages include graffiti, destruction of doors, and even fire damage at the Shapinsay Slip public toilet. The Finstown facilities were also vandalized twice, with items like liquid soap and sanitary products scattered, creating hazardous conditions. Hayley Green, OIC’s Head of IT and Facilities, highlighted the additional costs and potential closures due to these acts. Councillor Graham Sinclair emphasized the importance of these facilities and urged the public to report any information to the police.