Scout master horror as human faeces is found outside of St Agnes Scout hut
A Scout master has expressed disgust at having to dispose of human excrement which was found outside of the St Agnes scout hut.
Richard Buckland from the St Agnes Scout group has claimed that on two occasions he and a colleague have found human faeces outside of the Scout hut during the past few weeks.
He said: "I caught somebody a few weeks ago doing their business behind the Scout hut.
"I saw a man jump over the fence, run in to his car and drive away, and then I found a steaming pile with toilet paper on top."
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On both occasions Mr Buckland and his Scout colleague were forced to clean up the mess as they did not want the younger Scout or Beaver members to stand in or smell the offensive material.
At a St Agnes Parish council meeting this week, councillor Gerry Jones suggested that people may be relieving themselves behind the Scout hut as the nearby car park toilets are closed.
The Cornwall Council owned Trelawney toilets were closed last year due to budget constraints.
Since then the parish council has considered taking control of the public conveniences, but they have agreed that the £10,000 annual running cost is too high.
In a statement, the parish Council have said: "Due to reports of human faeces being found around Trelawney toilets and the Scout hut, the parish council has decided to place a large notice on the toilet block stating that the toilets were closed by Cornwall Council and the nearest public conveniences are five minutes away at Churchtown."
Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) regularly patrol St Agnes and the surrounding areas, but have not received any reports concerning incidents of defecation.
PCSO Michael Ginnelly said: "This behavior is totally unacceptable.
"We haven't had anything reported to us, and unless people tell us what is happening we cannot take any action."
If anyone witnesses any inappropriate behavior please contact the police on 101 or 999 as appropriate.