A team of hero binmen came to the rescue to help stop an attempted carjacking.
The council workers came to the aid of Barry Storey after they saw a gun-wielding thief stop his Lexus as he slowed in traffic and tell him to get out, blocking the car’s escape with the bin lorry and helping to tackle the alleged assailant.
Mr Storey said the attacker ran out in front of his car as he drove to work in Hull, East Yorkshire.
The 58-year-old, who is a programme manager at the University of Hull, said: “He pulled this gun at me and shouted at me to get out. He tapped the gun on the window.”
“I got out but the bloke couldn’t get the car going – he obviously wasn’t used to an automatic.
“Just then a woman got out of her car and ran towards the gunman telling him to stop. A load of blokes from the bin lorry came running over and grabbed hold of him. I was scared. It’s hard to think straight.”
Binmen Richard Gaukroger, Ben Crawford and Steve Thirsk – all employees of East Riding of Yorkshire Council – saw the drama unfolding and leapt into action to help other bystanders apprehend the man.
Mr Thirsk, driving the lorry, used his vehicle to block in the carjacker and stopped him from driving off while two colleagues then jumped out of the cab and helped four other people tackle the man, pinning him to the ground until police arrived.
Mr Gaukroger, 50, described how he helped tackle the man then sat on him until police arrived.
“As we passed the Lexus he tried to get away and we went for him. I then sat on the gunman until the police arrived. One of the lads kicked the gun away, but I didn’t know that, so I was still really worried as I didn’t know where the gun was.”
Humberside Police said a 23-year-old man has been arrested.
The incident was one of a series of vehicle thefts, including a post van, carried out between 3.20am and 7.30am on Friday by two men believed to be carrying imitation firearms at various locations in Hull, Hessle and Hedon.
No-one was injured but victims were left “traumatised”, police said.
Councillor Symon Fraser, the council’s spokesman for asset management, housing and environment, said: “I’m extremely proud of the actions of these three binmen 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.”