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Roadworkers 'shot at with BB guns' in Salisbury

Posted: Friday, April 19th, 2024

A Milestone Infrastructure employee, who wished to remain anonymous, said the incident happened at about midday on 5 April on Fisherton Street in Salisbury, BBC reported.

"It's disgusting. We're here to earn a wage and go home safely to our partners, and our kids. The abuse needs to stop," he said.

The construction worker has been in the industry for about six years and said this incident is just one example of abuse from the public, which he said is "escalating".

"We were out, like any ordinary morning, prepping our work when several cars come past, hurling abuse, and it escalated to them using gel blasters and from that to BB guns," he said.

"Speaking to your partner and saying 'we got shot at today', and for them to digest it and then to digest it yourself, it is surreal. You're constantly getting bombarded with harassment.

"You get anxiety about coming out [onto the worksite] and you think to yourself - what is going to happen today?

"It does escalate [over the years]. Profanities thrown at us, sometimes racial slurs and now it's increasing to acts of violence, like getting shot at."

Wiltshire Police is investigating the alleged incident.

Richard Hemingway leads safety and well-being at Milestone Infrastructure, who are contracted to complete Salisbury's Fisherton Gateway Scheme.

Mr Hemmingway agreed that abuse is on the rise for road workers, with about 60% of roadworkers experiencing it daily.



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