Police are investigating after a woman spat in the face of a waste worker in Grimsby this morning.
The incident happened at 8.25am in Eleanor Street. A woman chased the crew and hurled abuse at them. She then spat in the face of one of the workers and shouted ‘Covid’ at him.
North East Lincolnshire Council reported the incident to Humberside Police and is checking CCTV of the incident.
If you have any information about the offence, please contact the police by calling 101 and quoting the incident number 80 of 16 April 2021.
Waste and recycling crews are key workers. They are collecting much more household waste and recycling than usual during the pandemic.
More people are at home because of coronavirus and that means a lot more rubbish and recycling to pick up.
Sadly, there have been a small number of isolated incidents in the past year where crews have been subjected to unacceptable levels of abuse. All incidents are reported to the police.
An NELC spokesperson said:
“Our waste and recycling crews are here to help and have the right to work in a safe environment. We will not tolerate any abuse directed at our staff.
“It is not acceptable that people who are working hard to keep vital services going are being threatened and abused.
“We will not tolerate violence, physical aggression or verbal abuse of our staff.
“Behaviour like this is disgraceful, especially given the difficult circumstances our crews are working through.”