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Vigilante shames Shoreditch urinators through You Tube video

PUBLISHED: 14:38 30 June 2011 | UPDATED: 15:26 30 June 2011

(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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A Hoxton man is so disgusted by the constant stream of drunken revelers urinating underneath his flat, he has posted a You Tube video on the internet, catching 11 of them in the act.

A Hoxton man is so disgusted by the constant stream of drunken revelers urinating underneath his flat, he has posted a You Tube video on the internet, catching 11 of them in the act.

Harry Monk who lives in Cranwood Court overlooking Vince Street, says he made the recording within the space of one hour on a Friday night, and it even catches one woman’s bare bottom as she runs away surprised at being caught out.

“I feel disgusted, angry, distressed, resigned that people are doing this underneath my home,” said Mr Monk, adding that elderly residents living on the ground floor are particularly distressed.

“I’m incredulous that people behave this way - surely they have been drinking at some local establishment, so why not use the toilet there?

“It is like they leave the pub or club they are drinking in to use the street as a toilet,” he added.

It is a criminal offence to urinate in a public place.

Mr Monk blames the glut of pubs, bars and clubs in Old Street and its environs.

“Most of the problems the local residents of Old Street are experience are caused by the clubs and pubs on the Islington side of the road, so Hackney Council say they have no control as they do not grant the licenses and Islington Council are not concerned as we are not residents in that borough,” he said.

But Cllr Paul Smith, executive member for environment on Islington Council said the council was on the residents’ side and wanted to stamp out the unacceptable behaviour.

“We have recently met with licensing and police and I will be asking our staff - and the authorities in Hackney - to do everything in our power to sort out this problem,” he said.

A Hackney Council spokeswoman added that they are aware of the issue and places three portable urinals near Hoxton Square area at the weekends to try and tackle it.

“This is clearly a distressing situation for this resident and we would like to reassure him that the Council works closely with the police to try to minimise disruption from visitors to those living nearby,” she said.

“We recently consulted local residents about plans for a public toilet in the area, but the proposal was turned down by residents.”

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