BBC rottweiler John Humphrys turns on his local council for ruining his weekend lie-in with a leafblower

  • Complains work begins at 7am on Saturdays and Sundays
  • Deprives him of sleep because 'ineffective' machine is so loud


Longing for a lie-in: John Humphrys says its 'absurd' that they start work so early

He has to rise before dawn to co-host BBC Radio 4's morning news programme.

So it's understandable that veteran presenter John Humphrys enjoys a well-earned rest at weekends.

But a council worker armed with a leaf-blower has swept away any hope of lie-in for the 69-year-old, who has complained to his local council that the employee is beginning work too early.

The Radio 4 presenter, whose Today programme broadcasts at 6am each weekday, has now written to his local councillor.

He complained that he was being deprived of his sleep because of the early-morning din.

Humphrys said he is woken at 'precisely 7am on Saturdays and Sundays' by the gardener, who spends at least half an hour blowing leaves, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The father of three, whose home is near a West London park, said he is being deprived of sleep.

It's nice to have a little lie–in.

"But it's no longer possible. It is absurd.

He branded the leaf blower ineffective too, as it does not clean the leaves away, and merely pushes them from on place to another.

'They are not removed, simply redistributed, with the result that they blow back again by the time he has driven off,' the Daily Telegraph reported.

Humphrys said a brush would be a far more effective and cheaper method.

John Humphrys urged the council to equip workers with brooms instead of leaf-blower

John Humphrys urged the council to equip workers with brooms instead of leaf-blower

The presenter, who is known for his formidable interviewing technique, said he could do a better job for £5.

It is believe the council uses the machines as a cost–effective way to clean paths of tree and plant leaves, amid fears that a pedestrian could slip and subsequently sue the council.

Last night, the presenter's complaints appeared to have been fast–tracked, after Hammersmith and Fulham council agreed to stop the practice.

Harry Phibbs, the Conservative councillor for the Ravenscourt Park ward said: 'It is an example of [the council] being carried away with health and safety rather than having common sense and a sense of proportion prevailed.'