Rub­bish time for bat­tered bin­men

Midweek Sport - - NEWS -

BIN­MEN are tak­ing a bat­ter­ing as the num­ber of ‘rub­bish rage’ at­tacks in­crease.

Lo­cal coun­cils say there were 117 in­ci­dents last year where refuse col­lec­tors were ver­bally or phys­i­cally as­saulted by mem­bers of the pub­lic.

And a whop­ping 38 per cent of all in­ci­dents in­volv­ing crews re­sulted in phys­i­cal vi­o­lence – up from 34 per cent two years ago – with staff be­ing punched, head­but­ted and spat at.

Some were at­tacked af­ter telling house­hold­ers that they had sorted their rub­bish for re­cy­cling in­cor­rectly.

And in Chich­ester, West Sus­sex, a rub­bish crew had to bar­ri­cade them­selves inside the cab of their truck while a man ranted at them for 20 min­utes while hang­ing on to the wing mir­ror.

A Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion spokesman said: “Bin­men and women do a fan­tas­tic job and must be free to do their work with­out abuse. Any at­tack is un­ac­cept­able.”

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