Lailock's "gypsy warning"
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• The new Eastern Licensing Authority, Brigadier Compton Boyd, gave what he called a "gypsy warning" to Latiock Public Works (Contractors) when it appeared at disciplinary proceedings in Nottingham after a cheque in payment of licence fees had 'bounced — but he took no action against the company's licence. Boyd said the company had been called before him because it had bounced a cheque in payment of the licence for one of its vehicles, which seemed rather 'naive. If an operator was going to bounce a cheque he should not do it with the Licensing Authority.
Director Michael O'Shea said he had been promised a cheque for £2,500 but it arrived the day after the cheque to the traffic area bounced.
Brigadier Boyd said that there was no evidence that, even if it lacked money, the company was not maintaining its vehicles,