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Thursday 3 February 2005

3 February 2005

National Park offers £500 reward to catch WC wreckers

The Peak District National Park Authority is offering a £500 reward in an attempt to stop a spate of attacks on public conveniences at natural beauty spots.

The money is being offered for information leading to conviction of the culprits who have wreaked some £25,000-worth of damage on National Park public toilets over the last four months.

The wreckers have struck at White Lodge car park and picnic site near Monsal Dale three times, Millers Dale twice, Tideswell Dale three times and also at Derbyshire Bridge, in the Goyt Valley.

The latest, and by far the worst, attack was at White Lodge last month (January) when the offenders are believed to have gone armed with sledgehammers and pickaxes to half-demolish the front wall of the toilets which were kept locked overnight.

The White Lodge toilets were opened in the mid-1990s using advanced environmentally friendly composting technology as the site, off the A6 near Taddington, has no mains water or electricity.

Head of access and recreation Sean Prendergast said: "Those toilets will now be out of action until well past Easter - the people who'll suffer most will be the disabled, parents with children, picnickers and walkers who need these kind of facilities at popular beauty spots.

"We hope this £500 reward will encourage anyone who knows who may be guilty to come forward. They can give their information anonymously by ringing the police or Crimestoppers and still receive the reward if it leads to a conviction."

Anyone with information should contact the police on 0845 123 3333 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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