STINKING MESS: Bexhill residents John Ure, left, and Les Fitzpatrick beside Bangalow Road and the strewn rubbish yesterday.
STINKING MESS: Bexhill residents John Ure, left, and Les Fitzpatrick beside Bangalow Road and the strewn rubbish yesterday.

Bin thefts are plain rubbish

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

Bexhill residents seeking action JOHN URE doesn't want to sound like a grouch, but he's sick of people taking his bin.

The Bexhill resident has had his wheelie bin stolen twice from outside his Bangalow Road home over the past six months, and he's not the only one.

His next-door neighbour Les Fitzpatrick has also had his bin stolen, while other residents in the area have found their's upturned and dumped as far as 500m from their homes.

"There hasn't been a Monday morning over the past six months where we haven't seen bins scattered over the road," Mr Ure said.

"It seems like a little thing, but it's annoying and embarrasing."

But with a price tag of $80 for a new bin, Mr Fitzpatrick said residents had a right to be angry.

"We're both pensioners so we don't want to have to pay for new bins every time this happens," he said.

"I don't know who it is or why they're doing it, but it has to stop."

Lismore City Council spokesman Russell Kelly said he was aware of the situation and was working on a solution.

"We've been trying to stop this occuring and we're trialling a number of things," he said.

"It's a hard thing to stop if it's happening in the early hours of the morning, so what we need is the whole community's support. It needs to come from the council, police and neighbourhood watch groups in the area."



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