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Councillor praises heroic bin men after incident in Hedon this morning

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Three bin men working for East Riding of Yorkshire Council have been praised for their heroic actions following an alleged armed incident in Hedon this morning. (Friday 3 March 2017)

Waste collection crew members Richard Gaukroger, Ben Crawford and Steve Thirsk helped other bystanders to apprehend a man who allegedly attempted to steal a car at gunpoint in Baxter Gate.

Dustbin lorry driver Steve pulled the council vehicle in front of the car to prevent the man from driving off.

Then colleagues Richard and Ben jumped out of the cab and helped four other people tackle the man, who was alleged to have had a gun, and pinned him to the ground until the police arrived.

Councillor Symon Fraser, the council's portfolio holder for asset management, housing and environment, said: "I'm extremely proud of the actions of these three bin men who went above and beyond the call of duty to help in a potentially dangerous situation, along with other people at the scene.

"This is a shining example of how our dedicated workforce will go that extra mile to help residents and the community.

"On behalf of the council I'd like to thank Richard, Ben and Steve for what they did, and also thank the other residents in Hedon for their bravery during the incident."

This is the second time Richard Gaukroger has been praised for his actions in the community, after he and two other colleagues went to the aid of an elderly man who fell at his home in Bilton in April 2015.