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Attacks on collection crews highlighted in TV programme

Violent experiences of Biffa crews at work on household collection rounds are highlighted in a TV programme later this week.

Incidents of aggression feature in ITV’s Britain Sees Red: Caught On Camera, which reports on an increase in anger directed at people who work in public places.

In the first of a two-part programme, Biffa crews on the Isle of Wight tell their story.

The broadcast features video clips which show dangerous driving around collection vehicles and crews, as well as verbal and physical abuse directed at them.

Previous incidents have prompted Biffa to mount local campaigns to ask drivers to be patient and considerate when they encounter crews out doing their job.

A spokesman for Biffa’s municipal division said: “It’s commonly acknowledged as dangerous work – and it is being made more dangerous by a worrying increase in aggression towards our crews. They are only trying to do the job that people want them to do.”

The programme is broadcast at 9pm on Thursday 23 July on ITV. The second part is at 9pm on 30 July.

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