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Binman warned over rubbish claim
Councillor Jack Brown
Councillor Jack Brown denied any wrongdoing
A dustman suspended after claiming a councillor in charge of waste received special treatment from bin collectors has been given a written warning.

Lee Colledge claimed councillor Jack Brown, of Amber Valley Borough Council in Derbyshire, had received additional collections for rubbish.

Waste changes mean normal waste is only picked up once a fortnight in the area so collectors can focus on recyclables.

Mr Brown said he had never asked for special treatment.

Cleanaway, the firm managing the refuse and recycling scheme, suspended Mr Colledge following the claims.

It said at the time it was "surprised and concerned" at his comments and was sorry for any distress caused to Councillor Brown.

Mr Colledge said he plans to appeal the written warning.

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