Shanklin’s accessible (DDA) public toilet has been been forced to close after it was set fire to.

The toilets – at Falcon Cross – are used by vulnerable people, children, adults and those with disabilities.

They were targeted on Wednesday(10).

Shanklin Town Councillor, Jon Gilbey, said:

“The fire was deliberately set causing damage to two areas of the self-contained unit, including smoke contamination to all surfaces – it’s going to take some time to repair and bring back into use as we need to get them replaced through our installation company, two wall panels, one electrical sensor and some hand rail supports.”

This incident follows other fire-related incidents to public toilets in Lake, and is on the same site in 2015 – which resulted in temporary closure and repairs costing thousands of pounds.

Cllr Gilbey added:

“Fortunately there was no injuries, but it doesn’t bear thinking about what could have happened as a result of this mindless act of vandalism.

“The toilet block is so near to shops and residential properties, had we not changed them over to the new single occupancy self-contained units then the building would have definitely been extensively damaged, not only closing the whole facility but also putting into question our planned library relocation and development for the rest of the redundant building.”

CCTV has been forwarded to police.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact police quoting crime reference 44190125247.