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Tabloid Legends: Benjamin Pell the Bin Man

by | 12th, November 2014

TABLOID legends: Benjamin Pell the Bin Man used the so-called dark arts to get a story. He was very good at it.

….for all his idiosyncrasies , Pell is highly intelligent and could have had an illustrious career had he not flunked his exams after blowing £70,000 on a horse in the Derby the day before his finals in 1986. He eventually took a third class law degree from University College London and founded a cleaning company. But it was a large bag of confidential letters outside the bins of London estate agents EA Shaw that set him off on a more lucrative line, selling stories to papers.

For years, he would go out at night, dressed as a binman to fish through the rubbish of top law firms and talent agencies. He was rewarded with some big stories, notably those about Elton John’s cash problems and Jonathan Aitken’s misdemeanours. He was in constant demand from Sunday newspapers which would pay huge sums for his findings.

“I did my last bin raid in February 2001 because I was involved in [TV presenter] Jill Dando’s murder case, and I had to go to the Old Bailey every day” he says, “I’m a completely different animal now.”

No need to hack:

Pell, an orthodox Jew who infuriated Sunday newspapers by refusing to take their calls on the Sabbath, first started his rummaging career by going through estate agents’ rubbish while he was running an office-cleaning business.

In September 1997, a friend suggested he try the nearby office of Elton John’s manager,

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