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Bin men save homeless woman’s life when they find her sleeping rough in recycling bin

Bin men save woman’s life when they find her sleeping in a recycling bin moments before it’s emptied into rubbish truck

  • The rough sleeper was discovered sheltering under a heap of cardboard
  • quick-thinking employee spotted the lining of the woman’s coat after lifting lid 
  • She was in a 1100-litre bin while the crew did its rounds in Brixton, south London 

This is the shocking moment a young woman is found sleeping inside a wheelie bin by council workers – just as it was about to be emptied into a rubbish truck.

The rough sleeper – who appeared to be no older than a teenager – was discovered sheltering under a heap of cardboard in the 1100-litre bin while the crew did its rounds in Brixton, south London.

A quick-thinking employee spotted the fur lining of the woman’s coat after lifting the lid and alerted colleagues – potentially saving her from being crushed by heavy machinery.

The rough sleeper – who appeared to be no older than a teenager – was discovered sheltering under a heap of cardboard in the 1100-litre bin

Heartbreaking footage of the incident was shared anonymously on social media on Friday and has been viewed more than 15,000 times.

It shows the young hooded woman looking forlornly up at the camera as the employee opens the bin and finds her huddled beneath the cardboard.

He says: ‘Come on, you can’t stay in the bin, sweetie. It’s dangerous in there. Very dangerous, please.’

Heartbreaking footage of the incident was shared anonymously on social media on Friday

Heartbreaking footage of the incident was shared anonymously on social media on Friday

A quick-thinking employee spotted the fur lining of the woman's coat after lifting the lid and alerted colleagues

A quick-thinking employee spotted the fur lining of the woman’s coat after lifting the lid and alerted colleagues

She makes no reply as she starts packing her things into a JD Sports bag.

She seems disoriented, searching around the bin for something in vain but the man says ‘take your time, take your time’.

As she climbs out of the bin he tells her: ‘It’s very dangerous for you, okay? Next time please don’t do that again.’

He then turns to a colleague and says: ‘We saved a life.’

Viewers on social media were distressed by the scenes.

As she climbs out of the bin he tells her: 'It's very dangerous for you, okay? Next time please don't do that again.'

As she climbs out of the bin he tells her: ‘It’s very dangerous for you, okay? Next time please don’t do that again.’

Rukhsana Parveen said: ‘So sad. Feel sick and wish I could help.’

Rabia Aleem wrote: ‘Hats off to the bin man. He noticed and saved her life.’

Mohammed Shoueb Khan said: ‘It is really a shame that this is still happening in the 21st century. That is really bad, could have been really worse.’ 

Umar Zamman added: ‘She is someone’s daughter, imagine if that was your child. Government should be ashamed.’ 

Last month, Apprentice star Michelle Dewberry shamed a Lambeth Council worker for confiscating a homeless man’s possessions at a park in south London. 

She chastised the employee and urged him not to throw away the man’s sleeping bag and umbrella, but he refused and drove away after packing the items into a rubbish bag. 

Councillor Paul Gadsby, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Housing, defended the worker at the time – saying the rough sleeper had repeatedly refused offers of help. 

Lambeth Council has been approached for comment on the latest incident. 

 

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