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Where do you go when you're caught short while shopping? Norfolk town has the answer

PUBLISHED: 16:22 12 February 2019 | UPDATED: 13:26 13 February 2019

From left, Rebecca Lysaght, owner of North Walsham's Shambles cafe, Elaine Addison and Ray Mooney. The Shambles is one of three venues in the town centre taking part in a #WeCare scheme to allow people to use the toilets there, whether they are customers or not. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

From left, Rebecca Lysaght, owner of North Walsham's Shambles cafe, Elaine Addison and Ray Mooney. The Shambles is one of three venues in the town centre taking part in a #WeCare scheme to allow people to use the toilets there, whether they are customers or not. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

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Finding somewhere to make a pit stop when nature calls is not always easy.

That’s why three businesses in North Walsham town centre have joined a #WeCare scheme to allow people to use their toilets, whether they are customers or not. Those taking part are health care service Support Me at Home and Bupa Dental Care in Market Place and Shambles Cafe in Market Street.

Rebecca Lysaght, owner of the cafe, which opened in November, said she was happy to join the scheme, which was launched by Elaine Addison.

Mrs Lysaght said: “I thought it was a really good idea. I was a GP in Mundesley for 16 years and I know a lot of elderly people plan their day around pit stops. If people know they aren’t going to be questioned or asked to buy anything when they come in it will make them more comfortable.”

Ms Addison said the scheme would help make up the lack of pubic toilets in the high street, as the nearest one was in the Sainsbury’s carpark.

She said: “It’s a way of helping people and making the town centre more welcoming.”

Although Ms Addison is a town councillor, #WeCare is not a council-run scheme.

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