Disgusting videos shows people defecating and urinating outside Silly Sids in Derby city centre

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These disgusting videos show people defecating and urinating outside Derby city centre business Silly Sids - labelled as "absolutely vile" by the shop's bosses.

Mark Harding, whose dad Mick runs the firm in Babington Lane, says people defecating and urinating happens on an almost daily basis at a side alley next to the popular furniture firm which has only been in its current location for three months.

Mr Harding has released CCTV of the acts taking place to the Derby Telegraph. He also said the shop has issues with drunks and people under the influence of drugs, including former legal high Black Mamba. He believes these people are responsible for the vast majority of defecating and urinating incidents.

Mark Harding

Mark Harding

Mr Harding said: "They're using the side of the store as a toilet, it's absolutely vile. We have reported the incidents to the police and keep them in touch.

"We've only been based here since the summer and we get a lot more people on drugs, drinking and causing problems than when we were in Victoria Street.

"It's a horrible situation and we have to clean it up. We do a very thorough job but it takes time and effort. There's no way our customers are going to be subjected to that. It's a disgraceful situation.

"The majority of it is done by people on drugs and street drinkers. But other times it's people out at night who do it here because there's nowhere else in Derby to go. This is a massive issue."

Mr Harding says the CCTV footage includes a woman going around the back of a car parked next to the store where she lowers her trousers, defecates, then pulls them back up again. He added: "We found out about it because I trod in it.

Bosses at Silly Sids say it is happening on an almost daily basis

Bosses at Silly Sids say it is happening on an almost daily basis

"It's become virtually a daily occurrence to happen, that cannot be right. It's out of order."

His father Mick, who runs the firm with his wife, added: "I cannot believe how in 2017 this is going on. I just cannot understand how anybody can find themselves in a situation where they need to do that. What has happened with the world?

"The question I would ask is where are the public toilets for them to go?"

Derbyshire police is operating a mobile police station which has been in the St Peter's Street area for the last few months. They have said they are aware of the issues and have increased patrols. Anybody with information on the behaviour is asked to call police on 101.

Derby City Council last week granted a public consultation to begin on introducing Public Space Protection Orders - tough laws which would ban people from being under the influence of drugs, begging and anti-social behaviour. Urinating and defecating are included in the powers which are hoped will be enforced by Christmas.