Man blocks water company truck during dispute over leaking pipe in English Town

A man in High Wycombe, England, filmed an altercation with a water company employee whom he confronted about having the tap water returned to his home, who said he had been without water for more than 60 hours.

In his footage, Chris Oxley can be heard saying he asked the Thames Water driver to contact his manager after being told there was no information on when the water mains on the road would be repaired.

Oxley is also heard saying that she has a nine-month-old baby. Her partner told the Daily Mail that she was forced to drive 20 miles to her mother’s house to wash her baby’s clothes, bottles and eating utensils, and she has not been able to give her a bath. her son for days.

Oxley told Storyful that as of August 11, his street had been without water for 60 hours; that he had not seen workers; he hadn’t received any more updates; and that he and his young family had run out of supplied water.

Storyful has reached out to Thames Water for comment.

Oxley said he “forced the issue” and blocked the driver’s truck with his own cars. Oxley alleged that the driver cursed and waved at him before calling police.

Oxley said police arrived at the scene and advised her to move her car, which she said she did in more footage.

Thames Valley Police told Storyful, “We were called in yesterday morning for a report of a public order offence. We attended and spoke with several people to resolve the matter peacefully.”

The UK will experience extreme heat between August 11 and 14. The Met Office has issued an amber extreme heat warning for southern and central England until August 14, with temperatures forecast to rise to 37°C (98.6°F).

In a statement, Thames Water said it planned to announce a temporary ban on the use of hoses due to a long-term forecast of dry weather, as well as more heat waves forecast in the south of England. Credit: Chris Oxley via Storyful

video transcript

It is where we are now. And his car in Thames Valley is locked up right now. And the reason for that is that we haven’t had water for 36 hours. And when you came here today to drop off more water with no idea when the fix will be and no information, I ask you to call a manager. He refused so I forced the issue and blocked him. His answer, yours up, fingers up and when they blocked him to call the police.

Now, since we have a [INAUDIBLE] reaction through police [INAUDIBLE] manager, I have not sworn. I have not been rude. I have remained calm. He swore. He has been rude. Up yours. I refuse to participate in that. Has no sense. Guess this won’t do me any favors with the police.

But Thames Water has left us without water and with a 9 month old baby. They have excavated here. They dug down there. When in reality, where that black container is, is where they finished their repairs two days ago and it’s probably gone there. Maybe good, maybe bad. It doesn’t matter. The reality is that we have called them 10 times between us and our neighbors. They told us it’s fixed. We’ve been told that the solution is 10, 15 miles away. We have solved the problem. People don’t call back, people don’t give information. And every day we wake up without water.

So I guess now we have to wait for the police. Either I get in trouble or they might be forced to talk to us. So an obstruction in the way now, which I think is much better. So you are legally parked one car in front of the other. I guess the police keep coming out because it’s a utility company. [INAUDIBLE] he’s getting stupid. I really don’t know what else to do.

And the fun continues. The road is still being excavated. Nobody has water. Looks like they left something for the house at the end. The hole is getting bigger and bigger down there. As you can see, there is actually no one here. Down there too, which I would have thought unlikely to be the problem given it’s downhill from here. It’s wet down there, at least. This is the most water we’ve seen out of a bottle in the last two days and a bit. 60 hours and counting.

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