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Tuesday, 14 August, 2001, 12:49 GMT 13:49 UK
Binmen suspended over 'banter'
Refuse collectors
The refuse collectors have been sent home
Three refuse collectors in Wiltshire have been suspended following allegations that they shouted at TV investigator Roger Cook.

The men, the crew of a vehicle collecting in the Bradford-on-Avon area, were sent home following the complaint.

They are understood to have been accused of shouting abuse at Mr Cook.

The men are reported to have denied the allegation saying they were just exchanging banter with the investigative journalist.

Roger Cook
The men have denied they shouted at Roger Cook

West Wiltshire District Council has confirmed it has suspended three employees from a refuse collection team following a complaint.

However it was not prepared to confirm or deny that it was Mr Cook who had complained.

"This is an internal disciplinary matter involving the investigation of a complaint," said spokeswoman Louise Knox.

"We are not prepared to discuss any details."

A disciplinary hearing is to be held on Friday.

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