Friday 23 September 2011 12.10am
I live just off Grange Road
and caught a guy going through our bins the other week. They are large communal "eurobins" so he was sort of head first with just his legs sticking out. I said "have you lost something?" and he jumped back out looking really surprised and said he was looking for old clothes or shoes. He was Eastern European and looked really down on his luck.
A couple of months ago we had a clearout and threw out a load of stuff including old medication, some old letters etc. It was most disturbing to find a few days later that someone had been through the bags and our stuff was strewn about in the bin area. Very nasty feeling. Since then I've been careful about not putting old correspondence in the bin intact.
We do have a "funny" neighbour who has been seen going through the bins regularly - not just our ones! I don't think he's up to anything sinister though, just a bit odd and compulsive.