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"Competitors Fired My. Vehicle"

29th August 1958, Page 30
29th August 1958
Page 30
Page 30, 29th August 1958 — "Competitors Fired My. Vehicle"
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

A• FURNITURE 'remover told the Northern Licensing Authority, last week, that he suspected malicious competitors of having set fire to his only vehicle.

"The police put the fire down to children playing with matches, but they were all at school then," declared Mr. D. H. Scriven, Marton Road, Middlesbrough. "It was not insured against fire, my assets were gone, and I had to start from scratch."

Mr. Scriven was applying to Mr. J. A. T. Hanlon for permission to use a 2-ton 17-cwt, vehicle for general removals on Teesside within a 15-mile radius of Middlesbrough. • In reply to questions by Mr. Hanlon he admitted that he had already used the vehicle for removals. Appearing for two objectors, Mr.. T. H. Campbell Wardlaw said he could not remember any other applicant ever admitting so freely that he had broken the law. Mr. Scriven was a menace to established furniture removers in Middlesbrough, and had produced no figures or evidence to support his application.

Adjourning the case for figures and supporting evidence to be produced,' Mr. Hanlon said Mr. Scriven had obtained a licence quite properly in 1956, but he should not have used another vehicle. A short-term licence would be granted for carrying household effects from auction rooms and shops within a 15-mile radius, but there would be serious con:sequences if any household removals were undertaken.

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