A binman has been told not to come back to work after he was caught on camera kicking the head off a snowman.
The refuse operative was shown delivering a roundhouse-style kick to the 6ft-tall creation on a footpath in front of a house, in CCTV footage published by the Hereford Times.
He appears to casually deliver the right-footed blow while waiting for a bin to be emptied into the back of a refuse truck – afterwards returning the bin to its spot on the pavement.
The incident is reported to have happened in Hampton Rise, Hereford, on Sunday morning following the weekend’s snowfall.
Mum Sophie Taylor, 25, told the Times her young son Joseph built the snowman with the help of neighbouring children.
She said he likes to wave at the binmen every week, and then “he goes and does that in front of his face”, she added, referring to the incident.
Herefordshire Council said it was “disappointed” by his conduct, adding he was an agency worker recruited to work for a council contractor, and was not directly employed by County Hall.
In a statement, a Herefordshire Council spokesman said: “We are aware of this incident and are disappointed that an individual representing the council would behave in such a manner.
“The employee was a member of agency staff working on behalf of one of the council’s contractors, and he has been informed that he will not be used again.
“Information has also been circulated to all agency employees outlining the professional standards they are expected to uphold when representing a Herefordshire Council contractor.”
Not much of Britain has escaped the recent wintry weather, with more snow forecast tonight and through to Sunday.
The Met Office said the UK had experienced its snowiest spell since late January 2019, with 20 weather stations in England recording accumulations of 5cm or more for three days consecutively earlier this week.