Action over gay sex in town centre loos ‘not homophobic’

Action over gay sex in town centre loos ‘not homophobic’

ACTION to stop gay sex in Mirfield’s public toilets is not homophobic, a town councillor has insisted.

Coun David Pinder hit out after claiming there had been online criticism of bids to stop the practice.

The conveniences, saved from closure by Mirfield Town Council, have attracted people looking for sex.

Former mayor Coun Pinder said: “I’m a bit disappointed that we’ve had online complaints that we’re anti-gay. I don’t care what sexuality someone is. At 3.30pm in a public toilet is not the time or place for something like that.”

He added there is concern parents with young children could stumble on the scenes.

The toilets, covered in sexually-explicit graffiti, with phone numbers, are also attracting others looking for sex.

A man was recently seen coming out of the ladies’ loos, while underwear was left behind or flushed away.

These, along with used condoms and other items, have had to be pulled from the drains.

Coun Pinder said as fast as the graffiti is painted over, more of it appears – and it is not just for gay men.

He said: “The graffiti which these people leave behind very explicitly suggests they are not by any means exclusively homosexual.”

Descriptions of suspects and a car registration plate have been passed to police, who are putting on extra patrols.

Mirfield is one of the few places left with public toilets after the town council fought to save them.

An annual budget of £10,000 was allocated but the conveniences cost just £4,379.50 in the first 12 months.

A revamp is planned involving the artists who painted a mural under the bridge at the railway station. Coun Pinder said: “We know the toilets are in an unacceptable state and want to do something about it.

“Some people have asked why we don’t just shut the loos – and that would be very easy.

“But there are a lot of people who might stop shopping in Mirfield without them and we’d never do anything to harm the high street.”

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