Devon village toilets closed after bearded man in a wedding dress propositions local
The gent’s toilets in a sleepy Devon village have been closed indefinitely after they became a popular meeting place for gay sex.
Shocked parish councillors took the decision after a local was propositioned by a bearded man in his late 50s or 60s, wearing a white wedding dress.
The conveniences are being advertised on a seedy website, complete with directions and the best times to visit.
More than 10,000 people have viewed the listing, which also has a star rating.
But Newton Poppleford Parish Council has closed the male facilities until further notice.
The local resident who was propositioned by the man in the dress said he was horrified by the incident.
He told the Daily: “I intended to do some business in the village and I went in to use the gentlemen’s public convenience which adjoins the car park.
“Imagine my shock and horror when I entered the toilet to find a bearded man, in his late 50s or early 60s, wearing a full white wedding dress.
“He invited me into the cubicle with him, and stated that the toilets in Newton Poppleford are a well-known gay haunt, advertised and promoted on a national website.
“I find this thoroughly abhorrent and reprehensible, since there is a school very close by, and children pass by there every day.
“The man wearing the white wedding dress did not seem at all concerned by my alarm at his presence, what he was wearing or what he was suggesting we do.”
David Atkins, clerk to the Parish Council, said the police had been informed and that the decision had been taken to immediately close the toilets.
He told the Daily: “We’ve had issues before but not like this. We’ve got a meeting next week when we’ll decide what to do next but we felt the best move was to shut them for now.”
Mr Atkins said a key would be made available for the nearby church to use.
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