Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dustbin War Put Cleaner before Court

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dustbin War Put Cleaner before Court

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Byline: Neil McKay

DUSTBIN wars led to a wheelie bin cleaner appearing before a judge after admitting attacking three refuse collectors.

Nigel Firth believed the Durham County Council binmen were deliberately changing their route to put him out of business.

David Wilkinson, prosecuting at Durham Crown Court, said Firth had set up a business following council binmen and cleaning residents' wheelie bins in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

Firth, 44, of Congreve Terrace, Newton Aycliffe, saw red after the binmen taunted him about changing their route, Durham Crown Court was told.

He chased after one, attacking him, before turning on his two colleagues, assaulting them both. Mr Wilkinson said Firth saw red after one binman, Robert Van Linden, told him the route was being changed.

"He thought it was an attempt to put him out of business," said Mr Wilkinson. He chased Mr Van Linden, injuring him on the wrist and neck, before the terrified refuse collector sought refuge in a nearby house, where he rang police. …

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