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A dad-of-two was left fuming after the council turned down his compensation request after a worker smashed his car window with a lawnmower.
Jay Elton, from Willerby in Hull, said he had CCTV footage showing the worker trying to apparently cover up the accident after cutting the grass near his white mini SUV on Monday, September 6.
The doorbell camera shows the worker driving a heavy-duty lawnmower on a pavement and steering towards a patch of grass next to a tree.
As he drives back and forth over the grass, he turns left to look at Jay's car window, realising that he had accidentally shattered the glass
The worker then reverses the vehicle out of the pavement and returns to Jay's car, placing some gravels next to it.
"He grabs a hand full of gravel out my front garden and then a few seconds later scatters them around where he broke the window to try and make it look like an accident," Jay wrote on Facebook.
"Accidents are accidents we can all live with them but this sly sneaky behaviour is not acceptable and not for council tax payers."
The 31-year-old logged a complaint to East Riding of Yorkshire Council and asked for compensation but they denied liability as the operative had made necessary checks to ensure that there were no hidden objects in the grass.
He told Hull Live: "I put an insurance claim in and found out yesterday (September 15) that I will not be getting it because they claim he had checked the area before mowing the area. But I can see in my camera that he did not.
"I feel really sad as a council taxpayer that this is how we are treated.
"Accidents are accidents, we can all live with them, but this sly sneaky behaviour is not acceptable and not for council taxpayers."
To be able to drive his car again, Jay has to sell his five-year-old daughter's pony to pay £550 for the repair.
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"I have had to walk my daughters to school in the rain because the car window is broken. It's been raining and the back of the car would get soaking wet because there is no window there," he added.
A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: "As with all claims for damage against the council, the claimant would be asked to contact the council's insurance section and put a claim in writing to them, along with any quotes, receipts or evidence to support the claim."
- In the News
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