Binmen sacked after being filmed fighting shoppers in the street

Two binmen have been sacked for fighting pedestrians in a town centre during an extraordinary rampage in their orange overalls.

One of the men was knocked out, but he picked himself back up to join his colleague in launching chairs across Chatham high street in Kent.

Reports suggest they had been on a two-day bender after England’s 2-0 quarter-final win over Ukraine on Saturday night.

Their antics were captured in a series of staggering videos that showed one waste collector squaring up to two men at around 5pm on Monday.

He suddenly brushes one of them aside and starts pursuing and throwing punches at his friend, as a woman shouts: ‘Jim! Get away!’.

The other binman joins the assault but the man knocks him clean to the floor with a left hook.

A bystander said the worker had blood dripping from his mouth when he got back to his feet and began screaming threats at passers-by.

In the next clip they leave onlookers stunned as they started swinging steel pub chairs in both hands and shouting.

Eyewitness Alicia Martin said: ‘They were taking chairs from outside Wetherspoons and trying to throw them at people.

‘Everyone started running up the road, they grabbed chairs and were trying to throw them at everyone – even at me and the boy I was with.

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‘I was saying get away. It got to the middle of the high street, and one of them got knocked out. I was like ‘what the hell?’

‘Straight afterward the man got off the floor and started saying that he would have anyone. He kicked the metal barrier outside a shop.

‘It was strange. I thought you don’t normally go this mental in your uniform. It was a bit weird.

‘I don’t know why it started – everyone just started fighting. It was worrying – there were girls with prams and he’s throwing chairs about.

‘I don’t know if they were on something or if they were drunk. I think it’s getting worse [in Chatham] to be honest – there’s always stuff going on like this.’

Medway Norse, the Medway Council-owned company that runs bin collections and street cleaning in the area, confirmed the men have been dismissed from their roles, and the firm is helping with police enquiries.

Medway Norse operations director Andy Mann said they were ‘appalled’ by the shocking footage.

He added: ‘We are absolutely appalled at the behaviour of the individuals involved in this incident and, while this took place outside of the working day, behaviour of this kind – particularly while representing Norse by wearing our uniform – will not be tolerated.

‘We have taken immediate action and the individuals have today been dismissed from any role they held with us.

‘One was fulfilling their six-month probation period, and the second was fulfilling a temporary agency role, so was not a direct employee of Norse.

‘As we are also supporting the police investigation into the matter, it is inappropriate to comment further other than to say that, at this point in time, we understand that this incident centred around a family dispute.’

Kent Police confirmed they were called at 5.11pm on Monday to a report of a disturbance in Chatham high street.

A spokesperson said officers attended but the binmen had already left the area and no suspects were identified.

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