Garbage truck driver beaten for ‘speeding’

A Cretan garbage truck driver was in hospital yesterday with five stitches in a head wound he suffered after being set upon by a group of cafe patrons in Mouzoura, in Hania prefecture, early in the morning. The driver said he had been en route to the local landfill when a group of men sitting at a table outside a cafe ran into the road in front of the truck, forcing him to stop and accusing him of speeding. Two of them are then alleged to have dragged him out of the vehicle and onto the road before beating him up. It was unclear whether the irate group, one of whom is reportedly the president of the local council, had been under the influence of alcohol. The truck driver, whose union has lodged an official complaint over the attack, has said he will not press charges if the assailants apologize.