RESIDENTS of a Huddersfield street – angry over missing bin collections – hijacked a dustbin lorry.
The Meltham demonstrators blocked the lorry in with cars after a stand-off over collections.
And police had to be called to sort out the situation in Meltham.
Kevin Harrison, 52, who lives with his wife on Helme Lane in Meltham, organised yesterday’s protest after the binmen refused to take all their waste, claiming it was the residents’ excess rubbish.
Despite protests from a number of residents insisting that the bin men had failed to collect the rubbish the previous Monday, resulting in there being more waste this week, the men remained adamant in refusing to take the waste.
It was the last straw for the residents, who got together and decided to barricade the lorry in by parking Mr Harrison’s car across the road so they were unable to get out.
Mr Harrison said: “Every resident on this street can be witness to the fact that there was no bin collection last Monday.
“It is absurd that they are lying about it.
“We have been dealing with bin problems for a long time now and today was just the last straw. Something must be done about it.”
The dustmen were barricaded in for about two hours before police arrived and asked Mr Harrison to move his car.
Kirklees Council have now agreed to remove the rubbish before this coming weekend.
Mr Harrison added: “Something had to be done and we won’t stop until a solution is put to us.
“We feel we have made a significant point today so we are pleased with what we have done.”