Residents in Bolton were left fuming after tens of complaints went to the local council with a mere shrug in reply.
With the news released that the Northwest ran out of grit for the roads in 1972, and is not expecting another delivery until 2021, local residents were disgusted when they saw a gritter spraying grit outside the local supermarket and DIY store at three in the morning.
Word quickly spread, and residents implored the council to stop gritting this section of road, and instead do the more important thoroughfares, normally those important thoroughfares that ran outside their front doors.
The council insisted that there was no grit, and it wasn't gritting, the gritter wasn't one of theirs. Whatever the local residents were seeing, it wasn't a gritter, all the gritters were accounted for, rapidly rusting in the gritter yard awaiting more grit and people suicidal enough to drive them.
After pictures of the phantom gritter were posted on Twitter, on the Twitter Gritter page, the Council realised that their collective leg was not being pulled and investigated. Their paranormal investigation team waited until three in the morning, and eventually caught sight of the lumbering vehicle.
"We followed it for a while," said Mox Fulder, "and it disappeared while going down Henrietta Street, leading us to the conclusion that this is the ghost of a gritter from the days when the UK had grit."
"Alternatively," said his sceptical partner, Saner Dully, "It's being driven by a resident of Henrietta Street who works at the supermarket, and goes to the DIY store for the grit."