Titchfield Carnival forced to foot bill for toilet prank

l'Carnival Queen Charlie Lodge (15) arrives to be crowned with her attendants Lucie Newbury and Emma Allen-Jones and Carnival Princess Sophie Alley and attendants Dion Light and Bobby Light.'Pic Mick Young'28/10/2012
l'Carnival Queen Charlie Lodge (15) arrives to be crowned with her attendants Lucie Newbury and Emma Allen-Jones and Carnival Princess Sophie Alley and attendants Dion Light and Bobby Light.'Pic Mick Young'28/10/2012
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Yobs have landed Titchfield Carnival organisers with a bill for £460.

A portable loo was pushed over just before midnight on the night of the carnival in an act of ‘mindless vandalism’.

The firm which supplies the facilities has now sent the extra bill for damage and clean-up costs.

Ann Whyntie, chairwoman of Titchfield Bonfire Boys, the organisers of the annual event, said the act put a dampener on what had otherwise been a fantastic family day on Sunday.

‘It’s such a petty thing but has consequences for us – at the end of the day, we will have to foot the bill,’ said Mrs Whyntie.

Organisers of the historic carnival have already said they are struggling in the face of rising costs.

They said they would have to look at alternative ways of hosting the event if enough money could not be raised.

This year is the second year that organisers have had to pay for policing.

They paid Hampshire Constabulary £1,265 alongside the £1,100 they already spend on the fees for a private security company.

Hampshire Constabulary defended the fee, saying the amount charged is according to guidelines and the carnival received a 50 per cent reduction as it was a community event.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesperson said: ‘The majority of those who attended were in good spirits.

‘A very small minority behaved in an anti-social manner after the carnival which resulted in a window being broken, a toilet being pushed over and a complaint about knock and run.’

Throughout the carnival the police managed the no-alcohol zone, confiscating alcohol and moving on those seen drinking. They also dispersed a group of youths who gathered in the square amid rumours of a fight.

Mrs Whyntie said that young people should not all be held to blame.

She said: ‘For the first time in about six years I had youngsters volunteering. I had some amazing volunteers who worked really hard so you can’t say that all young people are bad.

‘It’s a minority that cause the trouble and spoil it for everyone else. The trouble didn’t threaten life and limb but you have to ask yourself whether these youngsters had been drinking.

‘If they had, where did they get the drink?

‘Certainly not from anywhere in the village, but this stupid act has cost us money which could have been better spent elsewhere.’