Haulier cleared of hydro Board speeds delivery
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ALAN BLAKEY, a director of three Lincolnshire haulage companies, has been cleared of allegations that he stole two semi-trailers following the liquidation of Tristar Air Ltd at Lincoln Crown Court.
Blakey, a director of McDermott Movements Ltd, Maxihaul (Humberside) Ltd and Rowest Ltd, had denied two counts of the theft of triaxle semi-trailers hired to Tristar by B. J. B. Motors Ltd (CM, November 23), and was found not guilty.
The prosecution alleged that Blakey had taken the trailers from Tristar's premises on Killingholme Airfield and that while in his possession one had undergone a complete change of identity and the other had been pressed into service on the Continent. ALL of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board's mainland shops can now be supplied within a day from its Inverness distribution depot.
This has been achieved by the completion of an overhaul of its transport system to use five 7.5-tonne lorries and nine demountable van bodies built by Aitken Coachbuilders of Linlithgow on Ray Smith underframes.
Three of the lorries are Leylands, one a Roadrunner and two Terriers. The others are Ford 1)-Series.
The Hydro Board preloads the bodies at Inverness for five main routes throughout the thinly populated Highlands, and consequently is able to make deliveries to 18 of its shops and to customers' premises in all of these parts within an eight-hour driving day.