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Bin men ordered to snoop for dissident pamphlets

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20 04 08 - 06:04
But the bin-searching instruction was deemed so potentially damaging to community relations that councils simply refused to carry out any sort of spying.



Police chief Andy Hayman hosted the secret summit with council officials


Bradford City Council leader Kris Hopkins said: "We were asked to snoop on our own residents by getting our binmen to rummage around people's rubbish.

"But the idea that our binmen should be rooting around a wheelie bin to see if they can spot dodgy bits of paper or funny wires is ridiculous.

"Our binmen aren't there to act like the secret police. They're there to empty our bins.
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Astounding!

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