Travelers passing through Newton Poppleford, Devon (pop. 1,715) and in need of a toilet will have to look elsewhere for the time being.
Officials from the sleepy English village have closed the town’s only public restroom indefinitely after a local resident reported that he was “propositioned” by a bearded man wearing a wedding dress while using the facility.
“I entered the toilet to find a bearded man in his late 50s or 60s wearing a full white wedding dress,” the horrified man told police. “He invited me into the cubicle with him and stated the toilets in Newton Poppleford are a well-known gay haunt.”
The man said he found the incident “thoroughly abhorrent and reprehensible,” especially since there is a school nearby and children pass through the area regularly.
The official toilet closure comes after an alleged increase in reports of guys hooking up in the bathroom stalls, which authorities are still unsure how to handle.
“We might have to look at installing CCTV or something like that,”Parish Clerk David Atkins said. “This has put the future of the loos in jeopardy.”
Authorities say they are working to find an “appropriate action” for what to do next. In the meantime, anyone seeking a bathroom in Newton Poppleford to relieve themselves will have to look elsewhere.
h/t: Daily Star