Police are under fire for failing to pick up CCTV evidence that might have shown who was to blame for vandalising public loos.
Toilets outside The Curlew Centre, in Bridge Road, Sutton Bridge, have closed several times this year because of repeated vandalism.
The loos were targeted again on May 11, when a district council worker and Sutton Bridge Parish Council clerk Suzanne England pinpointed a six to seven hour period when the damage was done.
Police were told footage from The Curlew Centre’s exterior CCTV camera was available for them to collect.
Ms England told the parish council the recording was only available for 28 days, but the police hadn’t collected it – and now it’s lost.
She said: “I think there would have been a maximum of probably ten people. It would just have given the police a short list of people they could have a word with and say ‘do you know anything about this’?”
Coun Vicky Hills said: “I propose we write to the chief constable and to Alan Hardwick (police and crime commissioner). It seems we are being put on the back burner for everything. I thought the police were supposed to investigate and detect crimes. They just seem to want everything done for them.”
Police sergeant Gareth Boxall said: “In this case, the CCTV did not capture the damage being caused and nor would it have been obvious who the offender was. Having said that, I am concerned that the parish council feels let down by us and I am keen to provide an explanation.”
• Anyone with information on the damage should call 101.