Loo-dunnit? Star reward to find out
PUBLISHED: 14:53 11 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010
THE search was under way today for the thugs who drenched a man in human waste by overturning the portable toilet he was using. Now The Evening Star is offering a £250 award for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the callous act.
THE search was under way today for the thugs who drenched a man in human waste by overturning the portable toilet he was using.
Now The Evening Star is offering a £250 award for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the callous act.
The Star has also stepped in to give Edmund Ware a treat after his ordeal in Christchurch Park.
Mr Ware had been enjoying the Ipswich Music Day with his mother, Patricia, when he went to use the loo.
He heard voices outside the cubicle before, to his shock, the unit toppled over, spilling excrement and blue chemicals over him.
The door was wedged tight against the ground so he was unable to get out, until stewards rushed to his aid.
The Star was so horrified by his ordeal we pulled a few chains on his behalf and are offering Edmund a meal out.
Still coming to terms with the full horror, the 35-year-old thanked the Star, and said: "Being pushed over in the toilet was horrible. I am still a bit shocked now.
"I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. I was really embarrassed. I felt a real fool, but there wasn't anything I could have done about it. I can laugh about it now but I was in no mood at the time."
Mr Ware, of Woodbridge Road, was on his way to get some chips when he stopped to use the toilet.
"After I closed the door I heard kids' voices outside," he said.
"They kicked the toilet with me inside. It chucked out everything: the whole contents of the bathroom. It had been pushed over so the door was facing the ground and I couldn't get out.
"I wondered what on earth was going on and didn't know what to do. I could have got bruised, but I didn't. I was more shaken than anything. There was blue chemicals and waste all over me."
The stewards tipped the toilet to one side so he could crawl out and by that time a crowd had gathered.
"I was so shocked when I came out. I think my first words were thank you to the stewards, who were really good. Then I think it was St John Ambulance who gave me a lift home."
On their advice he put his clothes in a warm bathtub to soak. Meanwhile his 62-year-old mum, of Foxhall Road, was frantically looking for him.
"She didn't find out about what had happened until later," he said. "I went back home because I didn't want to wander around like that.
"All my mum knew is that I went to get some chips and had intended to come back. She wandered to all the other stages looking for me. I told her about it later."
He had a harsh message for the youngsters who ruined his day: "I would say to the people who did this – for God's sake act your age not your shoe size and don't treat people like this."