Mindless vandals smashed Haggerston Park toilets with hammer and set them alight

PUBLISHED: 11:57 26 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:57 26 November 2013

Cllr Jonathan McShane outside the vandalised toilets in Haggerston Park

Cllr Jonathan McShane outside the vandalised toilets in Haggerston Park


Arsonists set fire to public toilets in Haggerston Park, and smashed them up with a hammer, causing around £20,000 damage.

The damage is thought to have happened last Monday, November 18, at around 5pm just before the park closed for the day.

The vandals smashed three cisterns in the mens’ toilets with a hammer, and extensively damaged other fixtures.

The womens’ toilets were then set on fire, causing extensive fire and smoke damage.

Hackney Council’s cabinet member for health, social care and culture, Cllr Jonathan McShane condemned the vandals.

“Behaviour like this has an impact on the whole community and the cost of repairs must come from budgets that could be spent on investing even more in our great parks and open spaces,” he said.

The toilets will be shut for at least a month. impacting families using the play area as well as three local schools which use the park for their physical education classes.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact the police on 101.

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