Box row with bin­men lands fa­ther in court

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Daily Tele­graph Reporter

A FA­THER has been left with a crim­i­nal con­vic­tion af­ter he chased bin­men who re­fused to take a card­board box, be­cause he failed to fol­low coun­cil pro­ce­dure.

Si­mon Ja­cobs con­fronted work­ers from re­cy­cling firm Ve­o­lia af­ter they left be­hind a large card­board box from a new tele­vi­sion be­cause it con­tained poly­styrene.

The 54-year-old, of Dover­court, Es­sex, pur­sued the work­ers who told him they could not take the box, then drove to­wards one of the men, forc­ing him to jump out of the way.

Ja­cobs was given a 12week sus­pended prison sen­tence at Colch­ester mag­is­trates’ court af­ter ad­mit­ting com­mon as­sault and us­ing threat­en­ing be­hav­iour. He claimed he had lost con­trol when he spilled a flask of hot cof­fee and ac­ci­den­tally hit the ac­cel­er­a­tor.

Ja­cobs was or­dered to pay £300 com­pen­sa­tion to one refuse col­lec­tor and £100 to the other.

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