Police on Merseyside are investigating an incident in which two members of a Biffa street cleaning team were hit by youths firing a ball bearing gun at them.
The Biffa crew was working for Wirral Council last month when two youths, said to be aged between 10 and 13, attacked their vehicle. Two men were hit on the head and neck, but were not seriously injured.
Driver Geoff Quick said: “It was a very frightening experience and I feel I was lucky to escape injury.”
Gary Robinson, Biffa’s business manager for the Wirral contract, said: “This is a shocking first for me and my crews. I just don’t understand how these youngsters could take pot shots so openly at people on the street.
“My guys were very lucky as they could have suffered eye injuries or been blinded by this thoughtless attack.”
Bernie Mooney, Wirral’s cabinet member for Environment and Sustainability called the behaviour “senseless”.
“The council is working closely with Biffa and local police to find the people responsible for these actions.”
Birkenhead neighbourhood inspector Georgie Minnery of Merseyside Police said the attack was “alarming and completely unacceptable”.
He added: “We are currently involved in a comprehensive operation with our partner agencies to tackle all forms of anti-social behaviour in Birkenhead and the surrounding areas.”