Three Months for "Pirate"
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A CUMBERLAND haulier, described ra by the police as a "pirate," was sentenced to three months' imprisonment and banned from driving for a year by the Carlisle City Bench last week. It was stated that he had used a photostat copy of a special A licence which deceived the police and, for a time, an official of the Ministry of Transport.
William Lewis Pattinson, Pennine View, Silloth, pleaded guilty to six charges involving two lorries. In connection with one he was charged with the fraudulent use of another vehicle's Excise licence.
He was also charged with the theft of two licence-holders with Excise licence and C licence discs. using his other vehicle without insurance and a carrier's licence, the fraudulent use of an Excise licence, and using a document identifying a vehicle as for haulage with intent to deceive.
Mr. C. North, for the defendant, said that Pattinson had "gone steadily downhill until he is in a complete and utter financial mess." In a statement, Pattinson said that he had bought a vehicle for £70 at an auction. A special A licence disc was fraudulently obtained.
Mr. F. Rlacklock, deputy chief constable, commented that if the vehicle had been purchased from the British Transport Commission with a special A licence it would have cost £2,000.
Pattinson, was also fined £5, with an alternative of 14 days' imprisonment, for using a document with intent to deceive.