On dustbin collection day after Tuesday night's storm, residents of a quiet street in Whitchurch, Bristol were shocked to find rabbit droppings, sawdust and cigarette ends strewn all over the pavement.
Taking her eight year-old to the primary school on the other side of the road, one parent said she was "Absolutely disgusted and almost threw up, my lover".
One girl has been off school ever since. Her mother, Mrs Sims whose husband works for a well-known computer company, is a friend of the residents whose wheelie bin had become so horribly upturned. Speaking about the culprits, Mrs Sims said "John and Helen are good friends of mine. We take it in turns ferrying our kids to school each day. I'm sure they wouldn't have done this on purpose".
The occupants of the house whose wheelie bin upturned so dramatically on Tuesday night spoke of their ordeal. John Bernas (father of two and owner of a small business) and his younger wife Helen (originally from Keynsham) were too shocked and embarrassed to give us an in-depth account of the ordeal. However, on Wednesday morning, they allegedly tried to clear the detritus whilst the rain continued to hammer relentlessly down.
"I'm shocked and embarrassed" stated Mr Bernas "but too tired to do much more right now. It's only 11 o'clock in the morning, for crying out loud! Why is ours the only wheelie bin to have suffered this fate?" He admitted that the cigarette ends were his. The rabbit droppings and sawdust were from their pet Sparky (who is soon to celebrate her third birthday).
The mayor of Bristol is considering whether to ban all wheelie bins within 100 yards of primary schools.
We are advised that a police helicopter also discovered that Mr & Mrs Bernas had accumulated a sizeable puddle of rain water in their back garden, only a few yards from the rear of their house. Neighbours are complaining on an hourly basis to Bristol Council to have the unsightly worm-infested grassy patch of land drained. "Why can't the authorities dredge our back gardens like they used to?" quizzed one dear old lady.
The Somerset Levels are having a worse time. They have very few wheelie bins and precious few primary school children under the age of eighteen. Some Bristolians are therefore campaigning for the contents of their wheelie bins to be used to raise the Somerset Levels by a metre. "Cigarette ends, sawdust and rabbit poo would be good for the soil" commented a Bristol recycling operative.