Norfolk

Vandalism halts bin collections in Norwich

A spate of vandalism has left all of Norwich's 21 dustbin lorries damaged and rubbish collections disrupted.

All Biffa Municipal's vehicles contracted to Norwich City Council were vandalised at the Mile Cross Road depot on Wednesday.

Biffa Municipal said staff worked overnight to repair as many vehicles as possible and any outstanding rounds would be completed at the weekend.

Police arrested and charged a man with criminal damage to property.

Philip Powley, 46, of Devonshire Street, Norwich, will appear at the city's magistrates' court on 3 June.

A Biffa spokesperson said: "We're stunned by what has happened, and how that will affect collections. We apologise to any residents whose collections may be affected by this incident and we hope they understand the situation.

"Staff and truck and parts suppliers have worked hard through the night to repair enough vehicles to run a waste service as a priority, and they deserve the heartfelt thanks of everyone for their efforts."

A spokesperson for Norwich City Council said: "Our contractors have been working through the night to get these services up and running for as much as the city as possible this morning.

"We'll continue to monitor the situation with them and keep residents informed of any updates."

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